In the last year, many organisations created opportunities for their employees to work from home to curb the spread of the coronavirus. While this was a new concept to many organisations and their employees, it has quickly become a welcome development. Some employees cited that working from home has significantly reduced their stress level and increased work productivity.
According to Surveybee, the opportunity to work from home is no longer an employee perk but a business imperative that leads to employee productivity and retention. Here are some benefits associated with working from home:
- Work-Life Balance: most employees surveyed agreed that they have been able to fit a little of everything that concerns their work and personal life into their day. This has been made possible by simply working from the comfort of their homes.
- Reduced Commuting: in a city like Lagos, where traffic gridlocks seem to be the number one stressor for most employees, working from home has drastically reduced the need to commute and sit in traffic for long hours to get to work.
- Quieter Environment: unlike working in the office, you can design your workspace, reduce noise levels as needed and control whatever goes on in your space.
- More time with family: this provides an opportunity for employees to schedule their time around the demands of their families, especially those who have kids.
- Fewer distractions: working from home allows employees to control their work environment where colleagues/customers are less likely to drop in on you while you work.
- Improved wellbeing: employees have found that the time used to hurriedly get ready to beat the morning traffic and meet up resumption time has been channeled effectively to exercising and even having a hearty breakfast every day before work starts. This has greatly improved their wellbeing and health overall.
Telecommuting poses great benefits to both employers and employees. While employees are reaping the benefits, employers also experience better staff retention and productivity.