Tired of shuffling along bumper to bumper or sitting on transit for 2 hours a day? Frustrated with not getting enough uninterrupted time at the office to even string two thoughts together? Feeling the heat as deadlines approach? Needing a reprieve from the daily grind of office politics? Then telecommuting could be for you!
While many benefits have been extolled over the years, here are some that you may not have thought of:
- Greener & shorter commute – the few feet you’ll have to walk to your kitchen or living room table will have much less environmental impact than any drive or bus ride. If you drive, working at home 1 day per week could reduce your greenhouse gas emissions by 20%. Another bonus is that you’ll enjoy an extra hour or two that you’d otherwise be in transit.
- Wear what you want – no muss, no fuss…show up as you like…with impunity!
- Get more done – other than the odd interruption from a loved-starved pooch or pussy cat, you’ll have lots of clear headspace to produce that opus of a report.
- Get other stuff done – in between opus writing, you’ll be able to get a few things done around the house, such as that mammoth pile of laundry, the 3-day-old stack of dishes, or taking your kid to their medical appointment. Tying up these loose ends will feel great.
- Chill atmosphere – You can blast your favourite music, take your laptop out to the patio, get some fresh air and enjoy some sunshine while you work away.
- Low drama – alone at home for the day, you’ll avoid office skirmishes and any Oscar-worthy performances of colleagues.
- Work how you want – nap, go for a run, stare at the ceiling…whatever it takes to stoke the fires of creativity, you’ll be free to do, no questions asked.
When I look at these and the other benefits that telecommuting has provided my clients over the years it seems like a slam dunk.
Here are some tips to make it work:
Let your colleagues know well in advance your home days. This will help others plan and coordinate with you to make it work.
Let your boss or team know how to reach you. You don’t want to be the person who is MIA when your input is needed.
Plan ahead what you want to accomplish. This will help you hold your focus and accomplish what you need to.
Whether it’s one day a month or once a week, working from home — away from the swirling vortex of the office — can be just the break you need to get things done.
What’s been your experience with telecommuting? What other benefits have you realized? Any particular do’s or don’ts that you can recommend?