In the industrial era, a home is a place a man returns to once he is done with work. He could work at a factory or at an office building and come home once the clock strikes five. Upon arriving at home, his wife would be waiting while preparing dinner, and the children watching television. The family would have an evening meal together while sharing stories about their day.
In the information era, much of that structure may change. The concept of office and home is starting to become blurred as more people embrace what is known as “work from home”. With the availability of an internet connection, people are becoming freelancers and consultants, taking on jobs as they need it. This change brings interesting results, as one study shows.
The Harvard Business Review reports of a study that shows people working from home have a higher level of productivity compared to people working at the office:
Over the course of the trial period, [the study] found that the home workers productivity increased by 13 percent.
There are other benefits that the people working from home enjoyed. They were able to get more work done, get more satisfaction from their work, and feel less exhaustion from working. The conditions at home allowed these people to become more productive.
- Get more work done. When you work from home, you can experience less distractions. As explained by Cody Allen (at www.ProductivityPupil.com), less distractions are important so you can focus on work. You can get your work done, eat lunch, and continue work until the afternoon. At the office, concentrating may become hard due to your co-workers chatting and complaining.
- Get more satisfaction. Working from home means you are in charge of your schedule. You can take breaks when you need to so you avoid overworking yourself. You can decide the task you want to tackle and work on it until you solve it, so you feel more accomplishment.
- Feel less exhaustion. Taking breaks is an important part of staying productive. At the office you may feel guilty if you take a nap or an extended break. But at home, you can enjoy a 5-10 minute nap or even do light meditation to recover your energy.
I personally agree and support working from home. It can be a great experience to educate and train yourself on being a productive person. One advice to apply is take an online productivity course that helps you become productive at home. A good course is Eben Pagan’s business productivity training. You can find more information about WakeUp Productive at Cody’s site.
Of course, it is not for everyone. From the study above, many of the people working from home chose to return to the office. They missed the feeling and atmosphere of a workplace compared to the setting of a home. You have to choose which one is right for you and allows you to be the most productive.
Working from home is a good choice both for the employee and employer. It is an especially great choice if you are a freelancer or consultant. You may also try working from gradually before you decide if it is right for you or not.