The instability of the global labour market has raised many new arguments about the economic and environmental benefits of working from home. With the recession pushing us to reevaluate the way we do business, more and more findings are showing that working from home can have some very positive and unexpected benefits.
There are many reasons why working from home is good practice:
- Reducing the carbon foot print
- Helping companies and employees save money
- Increased productivity
Here, we look at ten ways you can convice your boss that working from home is a better option for you and the company:
1. Engery Conservation: Less cars on the road
Do you know how much your trip to and from work costs you each day? How about each year? Imagine how much money you could be saving and reinvesting in other things if you didn’t have to commute. When you avoid using a car or buying a monthly/yearly transit pass, you reduce carbon emissions and save money. Plus, you will have a much more positive outlook on your work day when you can skip the stress of traffic and congested roads. This leads us to argument 2:
2. Arriving on time: No traffic or congested roads
The commute to and from work is exhausting, stressful and frustrating. A 2011 U.S. study about trends in road traffic suggested that in the last 20 years traffic and congestion on the roads has increased exponentially. In 1982, a typical commuter spent an average of 14 hours a year in traffic. In 2011, that number jumped to 34 hours! Explain to your boss how much more productive you could be if you could tack on more work hours and less commute-time to your job.
3. Fewer offices means more green space
Deforestation is a major cause of greenhouse emissions in the atmosphere. If more people worked from home, there would be less need for large energy-guzzling infrastructures, commercial offices and parking lots. Your company could be at the front-line of positive environmental change by giving workers the flexibility to stay at home to work. By being an eco-conscious force in the realm of business, your company’s image and reputation can soar in corporate and public spheres.
4. More for your employer: Saving company money
One of the most convincing cases for working from home is how much money it can save your company. If you work from home, your company doesn’t need to buy you office supplies, computer equipment and pay to keep this equipment running. It’s good for you, it’s good for the business.
5. Greener for work, greener at home
If you’re already someone who carries out green initiatives at home, you can apply the same principles to your work!
For example, you can print less, and use online programs like Google Docs to help save and share your work. It’s also a great way to back up your work. Another example is using less paper to write down tasks. At home you can easily write your tasks in Notepad or create an online task list that you can also share with your boss or co-workers. This will keep them informed and updated on the status of your projects.
6. Less laundry, means less engery used
Some offices require professional attire, which means you’ll be going to the dry cleaner at least once a week. This is expensive and environmentally unfriendly, which goes against what the modern workforce believes in. By working from home, you’ll save money by not having to buy new clothes or go to the dry cleaners every week. You will also find yourself doing less laundry.
Of course, just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t care about your appearance! Don’t stay in your pj’s all day; you’ll feel better with a nice shower and jeans.
7. Increased productivity and better work attitude
A key point to tell your employer is that by working from home, your productivity will increase because you’re more comfortable and there are less distractions. Again, you’re saving time not being stuck in traffic (at least two hours a day), you’re in a better mood and you are able to stay focused on the task at hand. Productivity means you finish your work quicker, and to the desired expectation.
8. More time spent with your family
A happy worker has a happy home life. Working from home gives you the opportunity to spend more time with your family but also commit more productive time to work. You can work out a flexible schedule with your boss. If your family situation had the potential to improve by having more time in the mornings to get the kids ready, perhaps you would be better off working in the evenings. Maybe it would be to your advantage to work longer hours for four days and have Friday’s off. Discuss arrangements with your employer to see which solution works best for both of you.
9. Effective time management and flexibility
Today’s technology allows you to be flexible and work in new ways. You and your boss can create a schedule that works best for you and the company. For example, if you’re working on a big project, you can work overtime from home in the evenings.
10. Reduced turnover rate
Believe it or not, allowing employees to work from home with a flexible schedule reduces the turnover rate for many companies. Over the years many of us have sacrificed a lot of our personal lives for work commitments. Allowing employees to work from home helps keep top talent, all the while increasing their productivity. If you’re working remotely company for a company you love, you’ll give your 110%.
These are our top 10 reasons you should work from. You are saving you and the company money, you’re helping the environment, and you are increasing your productivity. Working from home is the way of the future! When talking to your employer, don’t forget to put a strong emphasis on the reduced costs, and increased profits!
Good luck, and happy working!