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Think back over the last 15 years and WOW how things have changed?

Technology allows us to communicate faster than ever before, and we can work almost anywhere on the planet as long as we have an Internet connection and smartphone!Today, working from home is not only considered acceptable, but commonplace. It is estimated that some 30 million of us work from a home office at least once a week.Whether you work from a dining room table, kitchen island, or have a separate home office, “telecommuting” is growing and most agree it will be even more common in the future.Generally speaking, there are two schools of thought when it comes to telecommuting, or working from home.One school thinks that employees will get nothing done and the other school believes workers will be happier and more productive.

What people believe greatly depends on how they personally benefit from working at home. While some people still swear by 40 hours a week in a “traditional” office, there is growing support for the second group of workers who find they are more productive working from home.

Recent studies have supported the idea that working from home, for the right type of people, can increase productivity and decrease stress. Research also suggests companies that encourage and support a work from home situation actually save money in the long run.

The top reasons employees want to work from home include;

  • Avoid commuting
  • Greater flexibility
  • Save money
  • Increased productivity
  • Happier while working

Some people prefer a built-in work area while others have plenty of space for a more formal home office.

47% of the people who have the option to work from home are “very satisfied” with their jobs, compared to 27% of those who are office-bound, according to a survey by Telework.

The same study showed that over two-thirds of employers reported an INCREASE in productivity among their teleworkers. Contributing factors include fewer interruptions from colleagues, more effective time management, feelings of empowerment, flexible hours and, of course, even longer hours – the home office is always open.

Businesses who embrace work-at-home also benefited from reduced facility costs, lowered absenteeism, and reduced turnover.

This infographic shows more of the benefits of telecommuting or working from home.

I’ve helped many business owners and executives manage their transition to a home office, whether they needed help setting up their space, re-organizing their home to make room for a home office, or choosing the right furniture and organizing products. If you find yourself working from home and need help, give me a call at (978) 922-6136 for a complimentary “telecommuter” consultation.

Do you work from home? Part-time or full-time? Do you have a separate room as a home office? I’d love to hear about your experience, pro or con. Email me at nancy@organizationplus.com or visit my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/organizationplus