Work from Home is one of the most desirable employee perks. It offers employees flexibility in how, when and where they work; it saves employers on commuting costs and provides workers with a higher quality of life, allowing them to save for retirement, buy a house or simply live a more comfortable lifestyle.
Having the freedom to work in a space that suits them best can increase worker productivity and morale. It can also help create a healthier work-life balance, as the ability to take breaks and not feel constrained by an in-office environment can lead to increased mental health and more time spent on family and friends.
However, working from home can be challenging. Distractions such as household chores, noise or even a cluttered workspace can be a big drain on motivation and productivity. Additionally, it can be difficult to set clear boundaries between work and personal life and disconnecting at the end of the day can be hard.
Using technology to make meetings more effective can help alleviate these challenges. Tools such as video conference calls, messaging, jam boards and remote screen sharing can enable employees to communicate and collaborate with their team effectively while also maintaining the flexibility of working from home.
For employees, having the option to work from home can also allow them to save on car expenses and living in the suburbs can save on housing and utility costs. Plus, they can eliminate the commute and spend more time with their families and get to sleep in (if they want to). A work from home opportunity can be especially attractive for people with disabilities, neurodivergent peers, minorities and aging workforce as it may help them overcome barriers they face at the office.