Working from home saves time, money, the environment, blah blah blah--we’ve all heard the common arguments made by WFH advocates and have been bored to tears with telecommuting statistics. The typical arguments in favor of WFH have a great deal of merit, but it’s time someone pointed out a few additional benefits that the other blogs don’t talk about.
1. The End of Maintenance Frustration
Whenever you schedule a maintenance guy to come between the hours of 8am-4pm, do you always see his service vehicle pull up out front right at 8:01am? If so, then enjoy the rest of your day, Charlie Sheen, you are winning at life and this article is not for you. So you don't feel like you wasted your click, here's a picture of former President Bush with long hair:
I’m sure the above has never actually happened in real life, so the rest of you may have had a very different experience. Despite the begging and pleading with the customer service representative, she tells you their field guys are VERY busy and there is no way to predict where your home falls on his service route. So chances are, you’ll be waiting around all day and rescheduling twice for not having supersonic hearing when he lightly taps your door with his feminine knocks. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a home office set up and not care?
2. Live in Serenity
Picture yourself waking up and easing into your morning routine. This may involve some stretching, a few beautifying rituals, and maybe even a motivational speech in the mirror—when was the last time you put your Alex Baldwin jacket on and recited that Glengarry Glen Ross monologue? (Um, too long?) Instead of getting into the car and driving yourself to work, wouldn’t you rather sit down at your home office desk and deeply inhale your freshly brewed cup of coffee, ready to conquer the day? Now channel your inner-Adam Sandler and imagine Jack Nicholson in the backseat of your car criticizing your driving techniques as you sit in this:
Doesn’t that sound like fun? It might, but you never truly know someone until you a) play a board game with them:
or b) sit with them in traffic:
This is what Brad Pitt looks like in “Road Rage Mode”.
Trust me, it’s not fun. Being successful is all about attitude, so set yourself up to start your days with a good one.
3. The Comforts of a Disease-Free Home
You’ve been planning that trip to Cabo for months. It’s so close you can practically feel the sand between your toes and taste the lime-covered rim of an icy-cold Corona. The reviews on Yelp say your hotel bar is “Babe Central” and after the stressful month you’ve had you could really use some R&R. You’ve been getting your body beach-ready at the gym, your spray tan would put “The Situation” to shame, and your laundry’s all packed and ready to go.
Well, Bob in the cubicle to your right DOES NOT CARE. He’s got a vacation lined up too, bro--the wifey just had bunion surgery and Bob Jr. is coming home from college for Spring Break. Unfortunately, Bob doesn’t have enough PTO to be home sick with a cold this week, so he’ll be coming in today to pat your back and hand you a cup of coffee from the break room.
Matt Damon thinks that’s a bad idea.
I wash my hands religiously, avoid touching coworkers at all costs, and only eat break room snacks that come in sealed packages—but none of that seems to matter. Despite our best efforts, the invisible countdown clock starts ticking for the rest of us whenever “something’s goin’ around”. So unless you own one of these:
“The babes in Cabo will love this!”
There’s no surefire way to avoid Bob and his germs than to work from home.
4. Avoid This Guy:
“Yeah, if you could just stop talking about Justin Bieber, that would be great…”
Working from the comforts of home means no more cubicle ambushes from Mary in HR asking if you “caught Dancing With the Stars last night” while you pretend to act interested because she overlooked your inappropriate behavior at the company’s open-bar Christmas Party. If Creepy Pete wanted to compliment your calves and excellent taste in footwear then he wouldn’t be able to, because he can’t see your feet when you’re videoconferencing!
5. Let Your Freak Flag Fly
Being the awesome start-up that we are, many Blue Jeans employees proudly display their peculiar ways in the office. One way they do this is through their seating preference:
“Keep laughing David, I’m toning my glutes as we speak.”
The rest of us, however, might prefer to do this in the privacy of our own home. If you need to blast Jukebox Hero to get pumped up for a pitch, then go right ahead. You don’t need to feel judged if a 5-minute Shake Weight session helps to get your creative juices flowing. Zen yourself with some Tai Chi exercises after an intense cold call session without looking like you’re mixing meds. The beauty of working from home is that no one’s there see all the weird rituals that help you effectively do your job.
While video conferencing saves the planet and all that good stuff, don't forget this other stuff that saves your sanity.