Spend all day in your PJs, crank the music and check Facebook as often as you want. Apparently working from home is really as awesome as it sounds, for both you and your employer. A recent study found that workers who telecommuted to work were both more productive and less stressed than their office-bound coworkers. They also had a higher overall satisfaction with their job than those who physically came into the office.
It was previously thought that interpersonal connections with coworkers brought satisfaction. But though strong relationships in the office are important, they can also be distracting. Telecommuters had fewer interruptions from coworkers, didn’t have to worry about office politics as much and weren’t forced to sit through long, drawn-out meetings, so the telecommuters were able to really focus on work.
According to recent surveys more people work at home than you might think.
- 2.8 million people primarily work from home or 2 percent of the workforce
- Twenty to 30 million work from home at least one day a week
- Only 21 percent of people who were asked were not interested in working from home at all
Of course, you need to be careful when working from home. It’s easy to fall into the trap of being a hermit, so definitely make time to go to networking events. You won’t meet as many people working from home. Plus, in this unstable economy it’s really important to continue to grow your professional contact list.
Working from home isn’t for everyone. If you are prone to procrastinating, working from home may not be for you. Some people need the structure and discipline of a 9-to-5 office job to help them stay motivated and on task. However, if working from home seems appealing, try it out. Ask to work from home one or two days a week. You and your employer may be happier for it.