The revelation of home working

Most of the world is now working at home. Not everyone has the choice or the luxury but many of us are.

To begin with I was very unsure of this approach, sure I’ve worked at home before if I’ve been I’ll or I had a deadline to meet that meant evening or weekend work and I couldn’t get to the office to complete. To be honest though I had always hated home working. Firstly my mind prefers a physical boundary between where i work and where I live. Secondly I always have found too many distractions at home.

However for the past 3 weeks I’ve been forced along with my partner to work from home.

This required some careful planning for both of us, as she actually works for the client I work for exclusively.

However after setting boundaries and working in opposite ends of our home, i can actually say I’m starting to enjoy myself.

Instead of leaving home at 7 30 and commuting for an hour I simply start work at 8 30. The time I normally spend commuting well that’s now my time, to read, write, excercise or anything else I want to pursue.

At 8 30 I’ve already accomplished some of my personal goals for the day and I’m into the work day, which starts with skype or teams based meetings. This has been a revelation especially for a luddite like me, I can now be an active participant in meetings and get on with my day at the same time.

By 12 I’m ready for a 30 minute break and then back to the action until around 6 which again is the same time I’d finish in the office.

What has been massively surprising for me is the additional productivity I have found.

When you strip out the physical meetings, the informal meetings where someone comes to the office for a conversation and the time spent commuting, productivity and concentration levels are massively increased.

Bear in mind this is from someone who has the luxury of their own office. I cant imagine the same benefits for someone in an open space or cubicle.

Is this the future? I really think so to be honest.

Do we need face to face meetings, well sometimes yes but not all the time.

Do we need to be in a physical office space, I think its proving to be the case that we dont.

So for those of us who dont need to be in an office what are the benefits all round:

Environment: Less traffic, less commuters, less office space required =less pollution, less emissions and more green space

Personally: Less stress, no commute, less cost, more productivity and more time for ourselves

Business: less office space = less cost and less liability

It’s a win win all round, albeit not one that’s able to be universally adopted by us all. But it’s a very practical low investment and high impact way to change the environment, lower costs for business and help humanity to thrive.

Given the challenges the world faces today this seems like a no brainer to me.



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Scottish engineer and passionate writer and artist living and working in Central asia