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What are the benefits of WFH and work from office?

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f you're an office-goer, the chances are you are not really a fan of having to get up before the break of dawn almost every day and then get suited up to commute to your office. Office life can get a little repetitive, there's the tediousness of office cubicles and the never-ending round-table meetings that could easily have been an email. A monotonous lifestyle can quickly turn into a lot of frustration, lack of drive and motivation. This is unquestionably detrimental to all kinds of businesses but is eliminating office culture the right solution? Is replacing it with work from home (WFH) the answer that we're looking for?

Work from home might just sound like a buzzword that only came into existence last year, but as a matter of fact, it has been around for quite a while now. Work from home vs in-office work debates have existed since technology made it possible for employees to work from home.

Work from home allows flexibility and freedom that can never come with work from office. Still, in-office work provides a productive and conducive environment that promotes consistent effort and team collaboration that WFH cannot. However, the coronavirus pandemic meant that businesses were left with little choice other than to adopt work from home.

Here's what the stats say

It was already estimated that work from home will become the new norm by 2025, according to BlueFace. Still, the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated things at an unimaginable rate, and today work from home is already the new norm. At first, many organisations struggled to transition, but today most seem comfortable with the latest remote work arrangement.

According to a CoSo Cloud survey, 39% of employees work remotely at least occasionally, 77% reported that they feel that they can be more productive at home. 30% said that they can accomplish more in less time. 23% are okay to even work longer hours than they would in the office. More than half reported that they are less likely to take time off while working from home, even when they are sick. 10% said they feel even more connected than before.

Financially, 30% of the respondents said working remotely can save them a whopping $5,240 per year, accounting for expenses related to office work. Half of the respondents also said being able to work remotely, even if only occasionally, makes it less likely for them to want to leave the company that they're working for. Personal satisfaction and improved life quality are other significant factors for people to be leaning towards WFH. 45% of remote workers reported that they can squeeze in more sleep, 35% said they can get some physical exercise, and 42% said they can adopt healthy eating habits. In addition, 51% feel they get to spend more time with their significant others, and 53% said their mental stress has reduced significantly. Overall, 44% attribute their renewed positive attitude to remote working.

Given the above stats, it’s not surprising that 77% of the workers say that even after the pandemic is over, they would still like to continue working from their homes, even if only occasionally, as reported by Forbes. Additionally, if it was up to 99% of the employees, they would want to work remotely for the rest of their careers, as per Kissflow. It might seem like employees can concentrate better on their professional duties in an office, but the stats say 75% of the employees feel less distracted at home, according to FlexJobs.

Stats say employees are not the only ones that benefit from remote work. Owllabs’ findings suggest that it makes 81% of employees willing to recommend their company to others. Furthermore, 54% of employees would readily switch to companies that offer remote work, according to Gallup. The very crux of it is that we all prefer convenience, and that's exactly what remote work offers; thus, it's no surprise that people prefer it over working in the office.

Benefits of remote work

1) On average a person spends at least 2 hours of their day travelling if they work at an office, add traffic jams or train disruptions to that, and you'll have a significant amount of your day wasted doing nothing. The most significant benefit of working from home is not having to commute. Those two-plus hours that usually go to waste can now be used to do something productive.

2) When working from home, employees get more control over their lives and can feel more independent. If they are tired of sitting at a desk, they can lie comfortably on a couch or bean bag instead. Not only can they choose where to work, but they can also choose when to work as long as they get the work done before the deadline.

3) Stress can be synonymous with work life but unfortunately, it is also one of the biggest reasons why employees find it hard to stay productive. Work can bring a lot of stress, and when you're in an office setting, it's hard to find ways to de-stress. But when you're working from home, you can take little breaks in between to do things that make you feel happy and relaxed.

4) Working from home also saves a lot of money for both the employees and the employer. Working remotely, the workers do not have to spend money on food, travel, or other things that they would usually spend money on during a regular day in the office. Employers also get to cut back on energy expenditure and other related expenses that they would have to spend to keep the office running.

Benefits of in-office work: Are there any pitfalls to working remotely?

1) Remote work is okay as long as you're not an extrovert who need their daily dose of social interaction. Work from home means 8 hours a day for 5 days being locked up in your house with little to no interaction with the outside world because you have your professional duties to take care of. But in an office, there's ample opportunity to chit-chat with your co-workers and make new social connections.

2) Although videoconferencing is an effective way to communicate and collaborate, it's not without limitations. Depending on the size of your team, you may have to compete for screen time and deal with occasional technological glitches. In-person communication is in this regard more reliable. Work in the office is also structured and based on a schedule that ensures you can meet deadlines.

3) Being in an office setting, you are surrounded by people that may motivate you to grow as a professional. The office is also where you get the opportunities to develop or refine essential interpersonal and social skills that you can't when working from home.

Tips for working from home

We are living in an era where working from home has become a common practice worldwide. So, it'll do you good to know some tips that can make working from home better and more effective.

1) Choose a room in your house where you can work alone without unnecessary distractions. Also, make sure you have a good and reliable Wi-Fi connection.

2) Set a schedule to ensure you have consistent working hours. This will stop you from getting distracted and failing to complete your work on time.

3) Only use quality technology that you can rely on to complete your professional duties.

4) Try turning notifications off for your social media apps to ensure minimal distraction.

5) Don't forget to take little breaks in between to de-stress and stay productive.

6) Even when working from home, you're not safe from hackers. So, it's essential to take cybersecurity seriously and avoid activities that could put your company's sensitive data in danger.

Conclusion

To answer the question of which is better, working from home or from the office, is almost impossible as the answer can be influenced by so many factors. A situation that's ideal for one person might not suit another. At Gemraj Technologies Ltd, we believe in the power of digital technology and allow our employees to leverage it to their advantage. We harbour a productive and conducive work environment where the employees have complete freedom to choose how they'd like to work. We believe this freedom allows innovation to flow freely and enables us to provide world class cybersecurity, cloud computing, and IT solutions services.

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