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How Homeworking Can Save Your Sanity

Being able to email in your pyjamas and cook dinner while proof-reading a report aren't the only benefits of working from home. For many people working from home boosts productivity, while reducing stress-levels and improving their overall health.

Here's a rundown of the top five ways homeworking can save your sanity.

1. No More Daily Commute

Sometimes the commute into work is more stressful than the 9 to 5. Train users have their health compromised by travelling in carriages crammed with hundreds of coughing, sneezing germ-breeders. While car drivers endure traffic-induced adrenaline surges and clouds of exhaust fumes. Homeworkers avoid overcrowded trains and static traffic jams and instead enjoy less stress and better air quality with a gentle walk down the garden path to reach their workplace.

2. Avoid The Office Sick Note

Many workplaces are blessed with one or two individuals so dedicated to the smooth running of the department that they insist on coming into work with streaming eyes, a hacking cough and projectile vomiting. Whilst their commitment to the job may be laudable, they are a source of misery and illness for their colleagues. People who work from home never need to worry about what bacteria may have been spread all over their telephone by the snot-monster that just took a message for them, or worry that they are inhaling the germs from every other person in the building via the air conditioning.

3. No More Unidentifiable Liquids From Machines

Homeworkers make their own tea and coffee, using a kettle, an actual mug and real milk. They do not have to force down unidentifiable brown liquid dispensed from a machine into a wafer-thin plastic cup. For homeworkers a tea break is a relaxing pleasure that recharges their energy levels and boosts productivity for the remainder of the day. For office workers, drinking a cup of tea is an endurance exercise.

4. The Ideal Working Environment

In a shared workspace, it's impossible to please all the people all the time. Some like music on, some like it totally silent, others like to spend the first 45 minutes of the working day discussing the voting on Strictly Come Dancing. Homeworkers are able to tailor their working environment to suit themselves, reducing stress and boosting productivity.

5. Improved Work Life Balance

'Work-life balance' may be the most annoying phrase ever coined in management-speak, but it does have its uses. Homeworkers are able to tailor their working hours to fit in with when they are most productive. If they are suffering a post-lunch slump, there's no need to fight the understandable urge to have a quick nap. Instead they can down tools, recharge their batteries and restart work later in the day. Being able to respond more attentively to their own bodies needs and natural rhythms reduces stress and improves health and productivity. They can fit their work, around their life.

All these benefits are dependent on the homeworker having access to an appropriate working environment. A dedicated room in the house or garden office will boost productivity and well-being by providing a quiet, distraction-free space, which is essential for a successful home working arrangement.

Date: 14/12/2013 | Author: Roger Hedges