Is Working From Home a Good Choice for You?
Have you fantasized about waking up in the morning, walking sleepily down the hall to your home office with a steaming Cup of Joe, and plopping down in your chair to start working? Imagine the amount of money you’ll save on gas, clothing, and childcare by working from your own home. With the advancements in today’s technology, it is more possible, than ever before, to make your fantasy of working at home a reality.
As you decide whether you’re a good candidate for working from home, please consider the following:
- Do you work for a national or international company? Quite often, the larger the company, the more flexibility you will have to work from home.
- Do you work for a progressive company? If the owners and management think out of the box and embrace change, you’re in a great position to inquire about working at home.
- Do you have a computer-oriented job? If most of your work is on the computer, present a good argument as to how you can remain productive working from home. As long as you have a computer at home, you can get the proper software to perform your job at home.
- You’ll have less co-worker interruptions when you work at home. If your house is quieter than working in a buzzing, lively office setting, you might be able to get more work done each day.
- Are there special supplies your job requires? For example, a design architect will need a drafting table and various drawing tools, plus a computer to work from home. The nature of your work is a huge determinant as to whether you can work from home.
- Can you set up a designated workspace? Nothing fancy, a desk and chair devoted to work , along with a computer and internet connection, will suffice.
- How flexible is your boss? Supervisors and managers who demonstrate more flexibility in the work setting are more likely to agree to a trial period where you work at home. If your supervisor knows you well and understands your work, then they might be more willing allow a trial work at home situation.
- During the trial period, you have an opportunity to demonstrate how well you can perform in your own home setting.
- When speaking with your supervisor, remember to mention that companies that promote more flexible work schedules benefit from less absenteeism and have reduced turnover.
- Are you self-motivated and super-responsible? If you are, it’s likely you’ll be able to work from home with great success.
- It will be necessary for you to take steps to ensure your work won’t be disrupted.However, if you live alone or with a partner that works away from home full-time during the same time you’ll be doing your job, you’re already ahead of the game in terms of creating a productive work environment.
Working from home might be a perfect solution depending on your company, the type of work you do, and your motivation. Think through these considerations to help you determine whether working in a home office setting is right for you. In the end, it may be a win-win solution for you and your employer in terms of productivity and employee satisfaction.