Nowadays we live and work In a society that is no longer just the 9 to 5. In an age where ‘agile’ working promises flexibility and more control over our working time, and many of us choose our home as a working environment.
The flexibility of working from home creates lots of positives for our work ethic and our wellbeing. Let’s face it, when we feel in control and on top of things we feel more content, which in turn can feed our productivity and creativity! By combining our home as a work environment offers some real benefits, such as:
- Being able to start your working day as soon as you’re ready, without the headache of rush hour or a timely commute – equating to time that can be better spent by actually working
- For some, it could mean having the ability to do the school run and to work around family commitments – reducing stress and saving on the cost of breakfast or after school clubs.
- For many, home provides a quiet space away from the distractions of a busy office, offering better efficiency and effective working. Perhaps with the added bonus of putting a load of laundry in whilst the kettle is boiling, or the comfort of working in pyjamas from time to time.
Whatever the reason, working from home ultimately offers freedom and flexibility that helps with achieving a better work/life balance.
But if home is our only work environment, or we work from home for a significant amount if time, it can become a lonely place. As humans we are designed to communicate and often having someone to have passing conversation with can help to provide some light relief from work. So that chat about your the newest Netflix must-watch could prove to be a great little stress-buster!
Communication is a key component of work for many of us, and we’ve all been there when the tone of a text or email has been misinterpreted or taken the wrong way. So for important issues we shouldn’t underestimate to power of effective communication to avoid stress or frustration – the tone from a verbal conversation and the body language expressed during a face to face dialogue can make the difference in how our message is received.
The aim of working at home is to have a comfortable space without ending up with the posture of a pre-evolutionary primate – so being sat on a sofa with your laptop on your lap is not too healthy for our posture! So sit up straight, shoulders back and let your posture reflect your mood: full of intent and ready for the day ahead!
And if from time to time your home environment is causing your productivity to stagnate… why not change scenery for a while? This could be heading to a local coffee shop or public space, an environment that offers some social interaction without being enough to cause a distraction and one that offers refreshments – caffeinated ones may be a preference!
However you work from home, the most important part is the ability to make it work for you and your business! Even though too much working alone can be isolating, if you are able to get some human interaction into your working week ultimately the benefits to productivity and overall wellbeing can make a huge difference to creativity and work output. It’s easy to see why agile working is definitely the way forward for working in 2020 and beyond.