Working from home has significant benefits for both employees and their companies; however, many companies have been slow to take up the remote working trend.
We caught up with Specialist Data Manager, Alison Moolman, on why she appreciates working for a company that allows her to work from home twice a week.
It’s a Big Saving
My transport costs are significantly lower than before, as I work 35km from home. Even if my employer gave me a travel allowance, it would not compensate for the time that I save - and I’m aware that it would be a taxable benefit. I’m also very environmentally conscious, so I like that by staying at home I can contribute in a very small way to a much bigger global issue.
Time is a Commodity
My time is precious. By working from home, I gain 2 extra productive hours that I would otherwise have spent commuting to work. Whether I choose to commit those hours to office work or personal matters, they are far better spent at home.
I cope better working at home, as I am far less distracted. At the office, there are constant interruptions, office chat and phone calls. Peripheral noise is a pet peeve of many employees. When I’m not at the office, I also save time, as I don’t have to waste productive time in long meetings.
It’s Good for Mental Health
I feel less stressed when I work at home because I’m in my own comfort zone. On days when I work remotely, I don’t have to deal with an anxious commute, road rage and telephones ringing. A break from my colleagues also benefits me. Little things like having no clean cups at the office can cause frustration for me.
The Temperature is Perfect
This is a big one! At home, I can switch off the air conditioner or at least set it to a temperature that is comfortable for me. On a nice day, I can open the windows and let the breeze in if I so wish. At the office, it always seems like I’m either too hot or too cold.
I belong to a hiking club that hikes once a month, usually leaving around lunchtime on a Friday. The flexible schedule suits my way of living as I can clock in a few extra hours on some days and then finish earlier on a Friday to go away for the weekend.
No Corporate Wear
I dress for comfort when working from home, as there’s nobody I need to impress. In contrast, the office demands more formal attire, which is often uncomfortable. The fact that I don’t need to buy so much corporate clothing also means that I can save a little bit of money for other things.
On days when I work remotely, I can spend some extra time at the gym and take a bit more time to prepare a healthy lunch, rather than grabbing something on-the-go. During flu season, it's especially nice to work from home as I’m exposed to fewer germs, and less likely to pass them around if I’m recovering from an illness.
If working from home isn’t likely to become one of your employee benefits anytime soon, check out Staff Treats to see how rewarding your staff promotes productivity and improves retention rates.