These days, working from home is not news anymore, let’s just say that most companies will offer the choice to work remotely at least a few days a month. For employees, working from home has become a valid criterion in choosing a certain role over another. People love when the employer shows flexibility because this comes with trust and respect.
The benefits of working from home are well known: we save a lot of time that we would spend in traffic, we could focus easier on the task without being interrupted by anyone, we get time for little tasks like collecting the kids from school, having lunch together, helping with homework, doing some housework and the list could go on and on. This flexibility gives you freedom and sets your mind for work – maybe this is the greatest benefit, once you put away all these things that occupy your mind during the day (little tasks you think about while at work because it has to be done) your brain activity is focused on your work – and this is the key to the increased productivity.
At the same time though, for people working from home, there are lots of challenges. As we all know, people need social interaction in order to feel appreciated. Well, imagine you are always working on your own – it is fun in the beginning, but after a while, you get lonely. You miss the chit-chats over coffee in the morning, you miss the discussions about the latest episode of the most recent series, no beers and fun after work. Your colleagues become some avatars on some messaging platform. It might sound a bit dramatic, but this is very true. In order to avoid this, it would be great to organise visits to the office once in a while, especially when there are important meetings or events in your company. Even having video meetings and calls would do it. This will give you the comfort of being part of your group of colleagues. I tell you, I work in Romania for e-Frontiers a company based in Dublin and every time I get to go to the office (twice a year), I am very happy and it fills me with positive energy and the sense of belonging gets very strong. This year I will be there for the Christmas party (yay!).