Working From Home: The best new work perk
Flexibility is an asset for gymnasts and circus performers, but it’s now also an option for your everyday working stiff. According to a 2017 Gallup poll, forty-three percent of all U.S. employees worked from home at least one day a week. Not only does remote employment offer convenience for employees and increased profit for employers, but telecommuting is changing traditional methods of collaboration and diversifying the workforce.
A slew of individuals unable to join a conventional working environment can now work from home thanks to technology like Skype, Google Docs, Dropbox and Trello. Because of virtual collaboration, telecommuting opens doors for all kinds of people who are otherwise unable to meet workplace requirements. College students can work around class schedules. Regular employees can earn extra income or pursue a side career. It opens up job opportunities rural residents might not otherwise have. Stay-at-home parents can take care of the kiddies in between phone calls. It’s also an attractive option to people suffering from disabilities, chronic diseases and mental illnesses. With this variety of people entering the workforce, it creates a more diverse, collaborative group, which can benefit any project.
According to The Myers & Briggs Foundation, more than 50 percent of individuals would rather be alone than surrounded by people, thank you very much. Despite what you might think, introverts aren’t defined by how often they hide behind their hair but by where they receive their energy, according to the foundation. Research shows introverts work best in quieter spaces with fewer distractions. Giving them that latitude can reap huge benefits to their employers.
However, telecommuting requires enormous self-discipline and responsibility. Remote employees have to learn how to work from home, where life’s distractions can mount. They should approach their long-distance assignments like any other job and not allow personal chores or the comforts of home to interrupt productivity.
Telecommuting is a viable option for many businesses and (disciplined) individuals willing to explore unconventional employment. For those with a champion’s willpower, they can have their cake and eat it, too — staying home and getting paid for it.