It’s mid-afternoon and my husband just handed me a large green cup filled with a warm latte. I steadied the cup gripping it with two hands and brought it to my lips. Thick foam rested on my upper lip as I slurped the coffee. Hazelnut filled my nostrils, and all was right with the world. For much of the past 12 years I have worked from home while my husband has been a remote worker since 2001. This little coffee ritual has become one of our favorite parts of the day. We both settle down at our desks and perch over our keyboards tapping out email responses or other work-related materials. We sit less than three feet apart and each vanish into our respective work worlds, while enjoying a coffee “together”. In the background, I can hear laundry being tossed around the dryer and the Roomba makes her way around the kitchen.
Does working from home allow for more productivity? In an article from Business News Daily (2019) remote workers average more than 1.4 days more per month than an office worker, accounting for more than three additional weeks of work annually. The study conducted by Airtasker, found employees who work from home lost 27 minutes daily on distractions, while office workers averaged 10 minutes longer with 37 minutes of distractions per day (Martins, 2019).
Given the advantage of cutting out a commute, a remote worker has ample time to amp up exercise and live a healthier lifestyle. However, the Airtasker study showed 29% of the remote workers to have challenges with work-life balance. For me and my husband that has not been an issue. We set work parameters, stick to schedules and establish daily goals. By focusing on tasks to be completed, we maintain a productive work-life balance.
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Schwantes, M. (2019). A new study reveals why working from home makes employees more productive: how do virtual and in-office workers differ? It might surprise you, Inc., retrieved from https://www.inc.com/marcel-schwantes/new-study-reveals-why-working-from-home-makes-workers-more-productive.html