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A growing number of people are now choosing careers that allow them to work from home – or anywhere in the world.
According to the National Archives, more than 4 million people now work from home out of around 31 million workers in the UK, so it is clear that employers and employees alike are beginning to note the benefits that remote working can offer.
Home working does not only give employees flexibility; some organisations are better run remotely, as it can make them more agile and reduce their operating costs, making for a more effective organisation.
For businesses that require business support – in the form of personal assistants, administrators or secretaries – remote working staff is an increasingly popular option, as a wide range of support tasks are easily completed online.
Working from home is now easier than it has ever been, as most individuals now have a reliable wifi connection with video conferencing software that makes connecting with colleagues quick and seamless.
Here are five reasons why you should consider a remote working role:
You’ll stay motivated
Working in your own space can help you to feel more motivated than you would in an office, as you’ll feel relaxed and able to fully concentrate on the task in hand.
Your work-life balance is likely to benefit as you’ll be able to fit in appointments or the gym and, in turn, boost your health and wellbeing.
You’ll also be less likely to be distracted by your colleagues and away from any additional stress that the rules and regulations of an office can bring, which can help to keep you motivated.
You’ll be more productive
By working from home, you’ll be able to fit more tasks into each day as you won’t be wasting valuable time commuting; figures from the Office for National Statistics show that a two-hour daily commute is fast becoming the norm.
You’ll also be able to work in a way that suits you best, whether that is in silence or with some background noise, and away from any ad hoc tasks that you might be asked to complete while in the office.
You’ll save money
You won’t have to pay for everyday essentials like travel and lunch or regular office-appropriate wardrobe updates if you work remotely, so you’ll be free to spend your hard-earned cash on the things that are important to you.
You might also be able to benefit from a cheaper gym membership as you won’t be tied to a central location, and if home-working is career decision, you might be able to benefit by living in an inexpensive area, as you won’t be living within commuting distance of a city.
You’ll have fewer sick days
If you have a mild yet contagious illness, you are likely to need to take time off if you work in an office, however, in these circumstances, you might be feel as though you are well enough to work from home.
Fewer sick days mean that you stay on top of your workload and become a reliable and valuable employee; and because you’ll have more time to exercise and cook for yourself, you’re likely to be fitter and healthier, meaning that you’ll be less likely to become ill in the first place.
You’ll be more independent
Working from home will mean that you’re separate from most people within your company and the influence of your colleagues. This will force you to become more resourceful and solve problems by yourself first; for example, you might be able to do a quick Google search to solve a minor IT problem, rather than approaching the IT department as a first port of call.
You might even be able to pick up a few additional skills along the way by watching online tutorials, which can help to boost your professional confidence.
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