• Maryam Jam

Working from Home Has Its Benefits and Challenges

Working from home is kind of a mixed bag (granted, it’s a mixed bag of crazy cats sometimes, but sometimes it’s also just jelly beans).

On the one hand, people generally get more done working remotely than they do working in the office. On the other hand, if you’re working while homeschooling your kids, all bets are basically off.

  • Working from home saves the average American 54 minutes a day in commute time. And here’s the big deal with that (because I know you were going to ask): workers who have long commutes tend to be more prone to obesity and high blood pressure. (National Institutes of Health)

  • Just a 20-minute boost in commute time results in the same level of dissatisfaction for workers as a 19 percent cut in pay. (Inc).

  • Skipping the commute frees up about 30 hours per month for workers to do other stuff. (The Ladder)

  • Workers who work remotely at least some of the time also tend to be more engaged with their jobs than workers without flexible work arrangements, and more productive than office workers by about 22%. (The Washington Post)

  • But work-life balance becomes more of a challenge for more than a quarter of remote workers.


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