Top 5 not so obvious reasons why working at home can be more productive than working at the office.
- You are not bound to office opening hours. Lots of home office workers can shift some of their work to early morning hours or evening hours, so during the day time they can spend more time for their personal life. Which makes them more happy employees, which in turn makes them more productive and has a positive impact on their work and their company.
- You are less likely to call in sick. For one, if you are only mildly sick, you can probably still manage to get most of your work done from home. And second people tend to watch their health more closely these days, either to prevent being infected by Covid-19 in the first place, or to just prove corona virus warnings wrong.
- Usually it is more quiet at home than at work. Many people will claim the opposite, so here are some examples:
- Noisy construction work can also be going on at your work place. You are just less likely to recognize it because you are more stressed out anyway.
- There are simply far more people around at work than at home. And yes, they can also ignore your privacy chit chatting about private issues they might have experienced in their personal life while you are trying to concentrate and finish your deadline.
- No, there are no children at work, but there are shoulder taps, banging doors, visiting customers, etc. It all depends on how sensitive every individual reacts to certain environmental distractions. Most parents for example are highly alert when their child is playing in the room next door, but can totally relax and shut off if 20 business customers are chit chatting next to them while waiting to get picked up. It's a matter of personal perception.
- People tend to be less late for online meetings, phone or video conferences. You don't accidentally run into "important talks" while on your way to the meeting room.
- Sometimes it pays off to "work smarter not harder". Sit back and take some time to think about a problem instead of hacking onto the keyboard for hours in order to appear busy.