March 11, 2020
With the threat of the Coronavirus, many of us have been asked to work from home. In addition, a number of companies have requested us to postpone non-critical meetings and events until the world and the country has a better handle on the pandemic.
While these are certainly stressful times, working from home has many benefits. For instance, you’ll save money on gas and lunch and, most importantly, your commute is all of maybe 2 seconds! However, for those who need a more structured environment, working from home can be challenging. Family members at home, friends that call or stop by on a whim, and household chores, can all be distractions from getting work done.
According to a study by the Telework Research Network, one in five Americans now work from home. Whether they are self-employed entrepreneurs running a business or telecommuting for a multinational consulting firm, some 30 million of us work from a home office at least once a week.
Technologies such as Zoom, Skype and others have made it even more convenient to work from our home offices. Companies also realize benefits from employees working remotely. For example, it’s estimated that working from home saves more than $10,000 per employee per year and results in increased productivity, reduced facility costs, lowered absenteeism and reduced turnover. Also, home-based workers often continue to work when they’re sick and can bounce back more quickly.
So how does one stay productive while working off site? Below are some simple strategies that may help.
Were these tips helpful? Let me know if you have any comments or other suggestions for a productive workspace at home. Leave them in the comments below.
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