I see it more common that ever. Articles written about people that work from home and the stress they have by this occupational choice. I never knew working from home could be so stressful and hazardous to your health! I am amused by the fact that they cannot concentrate because their kids are nagging them, or the phone is ringing, or they realize their house is dirty. Seriously? I wish I seen my home often enough to even realize it was dirty.
Let’s start off with a person that has a job away from home. I for instance drive 80 miles round trip everyday. With the economy the way it is the cost of living increased while employer compensation decreased. We have little to no holidays and personal time off is a crime because of the extra workload we all have accumulated due to layoffs and company downsizing. I understand that it is my choice to commute such a distance, but bills don’t get paid when no job prospects are within a 10-15 mile radius. So for the person that saves on gas money and car maintenance because of the non-existent commute, count your blessings.
Now for the people with children that have a commute. Work at home people complain that their kids get in the way. Many moms and dads I know would not see that as an issue, because working 8-10 hours in an office without seeing them at all is a pretty hard sacrifice to make. I am sure they would love to see spilled milk and hear the T.V. roaring with children shows if it meant they had their children close. Might I add the cost of daycare is expensive?
I must include the trivial things that can sometimes make work life a living hell. I sometimes think co-workers are the work of the devil. They complain if they are working 10 hours and you are only working 9. They like to overcook fish and broccoli in the microwave. They have impromptu meetings all the time and wonder why work is getting behind. They come to work with the flu and infect half the office. Need I say more?
I have been fortunate enough to work at home a couple of times. During those times I have felt that I worked harder and more efficiently than being physically in the office. One week when I was in the office I made a daily count of how many times I was interrupted; the total was around 35-40 times a day. How many times was I interrupted at home? Less than 5 times and that is including bathroom breaks.
Long story short, working from home increases productivity, overall well-being (zero stress from co-workers, commute, etc.), and can decrease company and employee costs. So if you are a work from home person I urge you to go work in an office environment for one month. I am absolutely certain you will have a change of heart.