Do you find it difficult going to work during the winter? If you live in a place where winter exists, you know the feeling of waking at 6 am when it’s pitch black outside. Growing up, I’ve experienced it most years in school along with my last job. Some mornings were leisurely, while others were challenging. It comes to my topic about the work from home benefits you can take advantage of during the winter months.
Work From Home Benefits
Some of you may not have the option to work from home. But for those working on their own, working from home has many advantages. For those who run businesses, it’s good to keep an open mind about offering flexible options for your employees. Even if it’s not 100% remote, some people have the opportunity to work from home a couple of days a week.
Although working from home has its downsides, it has great benefits to boost productivity during the winter. Working during the winter can be frustrating and even can lose out on time. I’ve already emphasized that you can’t make up lost time. I will go over a few productivity benefits when working from home during the winter, which includes:
1.) Saving Time From Commuting To Work
2.) When Under The Weather- Work Is Possible
3.) Adjusting The Temperature At Your Choice
4.) Being Flexible, But Have Self-Discipline
Work From Home Benefits: Save Time From Commutes
I never looked forward to getting out of the house when it was cold and dark outside. According to one article, 156,164 crashes happen each year due to icy roads (10-year average from 2007 to 2016). Also, around 800 Americans die in car crashes each year due to winter weather conditions. There are other alarming statistics, but the point is commuting takes up a lot of time during the winter months. During winter, commuting can be a nightmare at times. If you’re driving, you have to be extra careful while driving on icy roads or in the snow.
Commuting Wastes Time
Not only that, but it’s so common for people to arrive late to work while on a messy commute. If you don’t plan and leave early, your commute can take longer than expected. There were plenty of times where I recalled people arriving late to work. Even I was close to being late a few times due to bad weather. It’s frustrating and takes up additional time to get to work and going home.
Working At Home While Ill Possible
It’s never a great feeling to be under the weather while at the office. Some people have no choice but to go to work when you feel slightly ill. By working from home, you reduce the risk of getting coworkers sick. Or not being around sick coworkers who may pass on their germs to you. It’s nice to work from home because if you don’t feel the best going out, you can always stay in and avoid spreading your illness to others.
Working Under The Weather
I would have loved to have more options working from home, even if I was under the weather. There were times I had minor colds, but I still would go to work regardless of my conditions. I didn’t want to use up a lot of sick days I had at the time! It’s not worth getting other people sick. So if companies provided more remote options for their employees, the better the chances of not getting other people sick.
Adjusting The Temperature At Home
Now, this factor may not be a big deal, but there are good reasons to work at the right temperature. Even people such as Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) keeps his office temperature set at 60 degrees. That may be chilly, but a more refreshing work environment is more likely to improve concentration. Also, it’ll probably make it harder to fall asleep. But if you beg to differ, you can always set the temperature at your choice by working from home.
The Office Temperature Where I Work
I used to work in offices that felt chilly most days (even during the winter!). I always wondered why that was the case, but I know why. Many of my coworkers would complain and request to warm up our office. Then again, if it were hot, I would hear the same complaints. Even in a humid environment, you’re not likely to stay focused and even nod off at times (like I use to do). So the typical advice would be to bring a sweater on hand if some days it got chilly. But if you work at home, you may have control of your room temperature.
Be Flexible With Schedule
There’s no doubt one of the best parts of working from home is the flexibility. Unless you need to clock in and out on a computer, you don’t have to get up early to go to work. Instead of waking up at 6 am, you can sleep until 8 or 9 am and not have to start work until later in the morning. It’s beneficial in the wintertime when you don’t have to leave the house early in the morning.
Flexible Schedule Means Time/Work-Discipline
Though having flexibility comes with its perks, you need to have some self-discipline. Just because you work at home, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get too comfortable. Sure, you can work in your pajamas, but you want to establish good habits that you would practice in a formal office setting. There could be some days where you should be working, but you end up not getting much done. So if you can work from home, make sure to set some boundaries and limits.
Overall, there are many benefits to working from home throughout the winter months. Many people having flexibility and saving time on commuting are big ones. No one likes to commute in winter weather. It eats up a lot of time when your traveling time is slower than usual. But as I mentioned earlier, having some discipline in working from home is essential to maximizing productivity. Especially during the wintertime, it’s an excellent way to fight off winter blues and save time from potential distractions.
What do you think about the benefits? Do you work from home, or work for an employer that provides remote options?
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