The words HOME and WORK in the same sentence can conjure up all sorts of feelings. From the sort of dread that bubbles away in your tummy and makes you feel utterly sick to the core because all you want to do is watch Maid Marian and Her Merry Men on BBC One (we are talking 1980′-90’s here) to feelings of Joy. The first feeling is usually connected to the type of HOMEWORK you used to get as a grubby sweaty teenager (I’m in no way referring to myself here) at school. The second therefor refers to the type of work one may partake in at home as an adult…..An altogether nicer option I hear you agree!


Maid Marian and her Merry Men (looking like a more cheerful, friendly version of GOT)

Working from HOME

Do you have small children, a disability, are highly skilled but are too old to travel far, maybe you even have a touch of Agrophobia or another mental health issue or just simply love being in the comfort of your own home? Working from home is a real possibility and totally acceptable nowadays……So cosy up on your sofa, laptop nestled in your lap, cuppa on the side (me whilst in blogger mode) while we look into working from home sweet home.

Technology today is the driving force behind the rise in flexible working and being able to access a more flexible work life. Whether its more flexible hours or being able to choose where you work, without this massive leap in the world of telecommunication we wouldn’t have the technological skills to communicate with and stay connected to suppliers, customers, co-workers, employees/employers, great aunt Doris and basically the world!
I’m forever amazed at how far and fast technology has moved in the last 10 years…The phone my 12 year old son has today, my old iPhone 5s…(he wants an iPhone X like one of his mates…..Who in their right mind buys a 12 year old one of those!!! Not moi that’s for sure. Maybe in another 10 years or another lifetime) was a thing of dreams back then!

Telecommuting is another way of saying that you are working from home, but it can also refer to working anywhere away from the office that has decent WiFi……Not my house then, its blummin shocking, and therefore causes many a teenage rage.  Just what you need after a day at work (in the office)…..Delightful.
Your chances of landing a job that allows you to work from home at least a few days a week should be relatively easy these days, and all employees have the legal right to request flexible working, as long as they have worked for the last 26 weeks with the same employer they are eligible to make a statutory application for flexible working.
Click here to read a previous blog on  Flexible & Agile working
Workers and employers alike can both benefit from home working. The Global Workplace Analytics study found that for every employee who works part time from home employers can save over £8,000 per year! Plus part time telecommuters gained back 11 days a year by working from home. The study found numerous other benefits, such as less stress, increase in productivity, less bugs passed on to staff, and the positive environmental impact of fewer commuters and less fumes…..Winner, winner vegan chicken dinner!

Work-from-home jobs:

  • Virtual assistant
  • Medical transcriptionist
  • Translator/interpreter
  • Web developer/designer
  • Call center representative
  • Tech support specialist
  • Travel agent
  • Teacher/tutor
  • Writer/editor
  • Franchise owner
  • Social media manager
  • Child care provider
  • Graphic designer
  • Short-term rental host
  • Website tester
  • Licensed insurance representative
  • Bookkeeping, accounting and audit clerks
  • Marriage and family therapist
  • Registered nurse
  • Event planner

(yep I copy and pasted this and haven’t a clue on some of these job titles……What is a Virtual assistant anyway? Sounds very Black Mirror)

Advantages of Working from Home

  1. Flexible schedule. You can take breaks at any moment, feel no rush to hang up on your family members when they call, and eat lunch at any weird time you want.
  2. Custom environment. Setup your noise level just the way you want it — somewhere between insanely quiet to being at the front row of a Flosstradamus show.
  3. Cozy clothes. You get to wear those sweatpants from college with the letters peeling off, or the leggings your friends don’t know you own. (And hopefully never will.)
  4. It’s easier to make calls. You won’t have to scramble to find a conference room or deal with a particularly chatty co-worker. (Granted, kids and pets at home can make this tough for some remote employees.)
  5. Knock off some weekend to-do’s. That Mt. Everest laundry pile waiting for you? That thing you set a reminder to get from the store 11 weeks ago? Cross. It. Off.
  6. No office distractions. Avoid co-workers debating the merits of cryptocurrency, sirens wailing outside your window, the AC kicking in as you hide your icicle tears.
  7. Zero commuting. From bed to … bed? Hey I’m not judging, it’s nice.
  8. Save money. Lunch is expensive if you work in a city or downtown. In San Francisco, it’s not crazy to see a $15 sandwich or $4 coffee. At home, you can save big time by going to the store and preparing food.
  9. Forget crowds and traffic. No stuffing yourself into a rickety transportation tube, having people scuff your new shoes, or walking behind agonizingly slow people who apparently don’t know what a straight line is. (Am I bitter? No … not bitter … )
  10. More time with loved ones. Take care of a sick significant other at home, be ready for your kids earlier in the day, get some extra snuggles in with your doggo, or simply get some quiet time to yourself!

Advantages to Employers

More productivity

Many people who work from home claim to be more productive because they’re not in a loud environment or distracted by co-workers.

Fewer sick days

The survey also found, unsurprisingly, that home workers took fewer days off sick than those based in the office.

It means employers can work with people who don’t live in the UK and have access to wider pools of talent

It also means employees can exercise or do stretches while at home, which they may feel embarrassed about doing at work – but is important for preventing back or joint problems which can come about as a result of a 9-to-5 job.

Improved employee retention

As well as employees generally being happier when they work from home – which means they are less likely to quit – parents with childcare responsibilities are also more likely to continue working for the company if they can work from home, as it gives them greater flexibility.

Less money spent on office space

If employees work from home, companies can spend less money on office space, technology and supplies. By staggering employees’ work-from-home days and hot-desking, firms can massively save on office space, which can cost thousands of pounds a month and be a major drain on a company’s budget.

Disadvantages of Working from Home

the cons | Why home working isn’t beneficial

  • It can be difficult to manage people working from home and ensure they’re doing what they are supposed to be doing
  • It’s more difficult to communicate with co-workers who aren’t in the office, meaning more time spent phoning, emailing or Skyping them
  • There could be decreased staff morale as it can be harder to maintain team spirit when employees are working at different locations
  • Not all employees prefer to work from home, as they can miss out on bonding with co-workers and end up feeling isolated.
  1. Willpower. Gotta get jamming on this new project, but Netflix just dropped season 3 of Love …
  2. Difficulty sticking to a routine. The order you do things at work is almost never the order you do things at home. It can be tough to mirror your schedule and processes once outside the office.
  3. Missing important calls or pings. Oops, my phone was on do not disturb and I missed a meeting! Or my boss slacked me and asked to prioritize something else and now it’s 4:45pm …
  4. Calling UberEats anyways. You thought you were saving money, didn’t you? Blam-o! $20 minimum and a $5 fee for the higher rated Thai place. Should’ve remembered to buy bread …
  5. Power naps. This could arguably could be in advantages … unless it accidentally lasts 45 minutes after your delivered double entree Thai lunch.
  6. Boredom. Those office convos? Kinda missing Susan’s cat stories, eh? How long can you go without seeing another living human being?
  7. Working slowly. Sometimes the office has an energy. Sometimes your home does not.
  8. No second monitor. How did I ever work without two giant screens looming above me??? All 74 of my tabs are essential!
  9. Iffy WiFi. At home or in a cafe, when the wifi start to spaz and you switch locations a couple of times but honestly spend more time parking and ordering a 6-shot mint mojito coffee with coconut milk and 16 grains of sugar than doing work.
  10. Waiting for an answer. You need to ask a super quick question, but it’ll impact how you do something for the next hour or even the rest of the day. And there’s no response. (Cue “The Waiting.”)
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