More and more businesses are allowing for a more flexible working culture, however this isn’t the case for all. If like, 50% of Canadians, you endure harsh-weather-winter conditions, commuting six months of the year may be the bane of your existence. Let’s look at some benefits of the fluidity of working for home. The next time your boss insists you come in during a blizzard, you’ll be prepared:
Bad weather commutes
Commuting has always famously been a slog (quite literally), but it can be even worse during the winter. After all, imagine having to put on a parka and de-ice your car, or be smushed up against other people on the train as you slip and slide your way into work.
Avoiding that one hour commute allows you to start work earlier, it can help alleviate stress and gives you more time to do your job and be productive—this is an instant win-win for you, your boss and your to-do list!
We all know winter is the time for your annual cold to kick in, and the same goes for your colleagues. Working from home allows you time to rest and stay cozy while you’re nursing the flu. It also keeps you safe from those office germs delivered nobly by the martyr on your team. No thank you!
School closure nightmares
Schools usually announce their closure the morning of, infamously known for closing as the sigh of a snowflake. Picture this, it’s a Monday, you have a huge workload but you have to arrange last-minute childcare—not ideal! Having the option to work from home allows that extra added pressure to be alleviated. You can just continue to work during the day while your kids get to make snow angels out in the front yard.
Busting the myth of at-home unproductivity
If you’re new to being your own boss and find yourself becoming distracted. Don’t underestimate the power of crossing things off a list. A great to-do list will help you stay on task throughout the day and know what you’re supposed to be working on. This will also give you that end of day work satisfaction. You may still be in your pyjamas, but your work is done and your employer is happy.
Show results and you will be rewarded
Many employers worry that allowing their staff to work from home means they are slacking. Whilst this is almost never the case, it’s important to keep to your normal routine and workload. If you are at executive or coordinator level, it’s great practice to give your boss a breakdown of what you tackled that day, even showing examples and asking for opinion if you are unsure. They will appreciate this and it will help build up their trust in you and will most likely lead to you being allowed to work from home more regularly.
But what makes working from home so easy and successful? Avaya Business Communications! With so many fantastic products on the market allowing work from home, it is no wonder that both employers and employees are jumping on board. Have questions or looking to get started? Give us a call today and we’d be happy to connect with you!