Most office workers know that nearly everything they do professionally can be done from the comfort of their home computers. From email, to webinars, video meetings, and research, most tasks don’t need to be completed in person from a dedicated desk.
The added flexibility of working from home (and skipping a commute) might be life-changing for you, but is there a way to convince your higher ups that it’s the best use of your time and the company’s resources?
The Big Question: Productivity
A fear among bosses regarding working from home has to do with how much work you will actually accomplish. After all, without supervision (or the prospect of anyone interrupting you) will you regress to watching television, writing your screenplay, or playing with your kids instead of getting your work finished?
The way to answer this question is with statistics on working from home. Work from home studies say that:
- About two-thirds of people say they will be more productive if working from home. (FlexJobs).
- 75% of people who work from home have related that they find they have a higher level of productivity than they do in an office due to less distractions (Buffer).
- About 66% of people say that the transition from office to home has made them more productive (SHRM).
- Around 80% of people feel they do not need an office environment to get their work done (Fuze).
- Work from home statistics demonstrate that people who work from home feel more of a need to be productive and not less, because of a fear they harbor that others think they are not working.
And after all, it’s not like peak productivity happens at the office. There are meetings that should be emails, chats about baseball, and birthday parties. Studies show that people work only about 3 hours per day at their office jobs, with the rest of the time covered by unfocused, unstructured time. It’s altogether likely that you would be able to get more than that done at home.
However to remain productive, you will want to create an environment that is conducive to working.
Some tips on working from home:
Create a routine: Craft and stick with a schedule where you work with no distractions.
Get out if you have to: Leave home and work in a cafe or library.
Take breaks: Make sure you put in breaks so you don’t accidentally work marathon hours.
Work somewhere specific: Keep a dedicated office space, phone line and email. This not only helps with giving your mind the ability to separate work and home, it also helps keep things from getting confused.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help: If you need to see someone, ask to meet and if you need more explanations for a project, make sure to ask.
The Big benefit For You: Flexibility
With commutes being a waste of time, your ability to get more work done is a huge benefit for you and for the business. In general, you will have more availability and have the chance to create an improved work-life balance. This means less stress surrounding getting kids to their lessons and more actual physical time to finish projects.
The accompanying reduced stress makes people happier with their jobs, feel better about their companies, and be better brand ambassadors.
The Big Benefit For Them: The Bottom Line
Ultimately, the best way to convince your higher ups that working from home will have benefits is to show them that it will save the company money.
Some work from home statistics you can lay on them:
- Studies show that telecommuting for half of your work week can save an employer around 11k annually (CNN).
- Almost half of the employees at Aetna Insurance work from home, saving them over $70 million in cleaning, utility, and real estate costs (SHRM).
- Because of a reduced need in office space American Express saves around $15 million every year (SHRM).
Companies like these are expanding their work from home options because they are simply more economical. And there’s the ecological to think of too. Working from home means a large reduction in greenhouse gas emissions you would add from commuting and using lights and air conditioning at the office.
Want more firepower for your conversation about remote working with your boss? Check out this list of further work from home statistics (including what makes working from home so good for the environment) provided by Your Best Digs.