Is working from home actually beneficial?

Author: Sara Agnoletti
Published date: July 2, 2020

With the technology available today, it is often easier and most convenient for employees to work from home. But is this actually beneficial to both personal and company’s growth? 

At Cooper Lomaz, we rely on both remote and office work, so it is easy for us to see the benefits of one as well as the other. A healthy work-life balance is crucial for employees, and the occasional work-from-home day can be instrumental in maintaining that equilibrium.

We think that human aggregation and the interaction of our minds are vital aspects of work, therefore, being with your team in the same room brings huge benefits and these are the top ones. 

 

1. Time management and work-life balance

Offices usually have fixed hours for work, lunch and tea breaks while working from home could lead to a much longer working day and not regular breaks.

Though working at home sounds like a luxury, it can do more harm than good to your work-life balance. Your home should never become a place of stress, but rather a source of rest, relaxation, and family-building. 

 

2. Soft Skills

Spending time with your co-workers teaches you how to behave in front of people and boosts your communication and interpersonal skills. It is harder to form genuine relationships with co-workers over the phone and as an adult, the office can be the primary place for people to form friendships.

 

3. Creativity

Working in an environment full of challenges and people with a different point of view lead to have new ideas and expand your knowledge.

 

4. Communication with your team

It is easier and quicker to communicate if you work with your team in the same space, therefore, no time is wasted via calls or emails.

Mostly, when you physically work alongside your co-workers, it is easier to step in and offer a helping hand to resolve issues if your team members are struggling.

 

5. Loneliness

Working from home full-time could make people feel lonely and that, in turn, creates health risks.

 

I agree with the sociologist Mario Small who said: “A defined physical space with a set of loosely connected people working toward a common goal, the office contains the most consistent set of individuals the average white-collar worker will encounter regularly outside family”.