Working from home has long been seen as “would love to, but it’s impossible” thing to have.
Then technology evolved and improved our work lives so much that today we not only are able to work from home but to work with people all around the world.
Workplace mentalities haven’t changed as fast as technology (unfortunately); some managers and employees think working for home is for the lazy.
It’s about the people, though, not the location.
A couple of years ago, Richard Branson wrote a disturbing (for some) article called, One day offices will be a thing of the past. I remember talking about the article with my co-workers. I agreed with him, but they were outraged, saying it wasn’t possible, they could not do something like that and so on.
Now, only two years later, I work from home with people I love—and, guess what: They happen to be across the ocean.
Working from home is the future
It maybe difficult now to imagine a world without offices. We are still very much used to going to a brick-and-mortar office.
Most online advice for working from home has a passage that says: Create an office space in your home, designate an area, dress for work, and more.
We’re still locked in to the “go to the office” mentality.
Working from home affords us real benefits, such as time with our loved ones, healthy habits, a flexible schedule, a less stressful environment and a quieter atmosphere.
Consider these positives:
Commuting is not fun anymore. We waste way too much time in traffic, whether by air, road, subway or train. Don’t tell me you enjoy it, because I won’t believe you.
Yes, I can understand taking advantage of the time by reading, listening to music, audio books or podcasts, or simply doing puzzles, but actually enjoying it? I don’t think so.
In my last job, I wasted three hours per day going to and from work. Working from home eliminates that waste of time and spares you the costs of commuting.
You make your own schedule no matter whether you’re work for yourself or for somebody else. You decide when to wake up and when to work or finish working.
You also decide how healthy you want to be: You are more likely to eat healthful food and to exercise, at the gym or in front of the TV.
No more “I am tired from commuting” as an excuse, either.
You also have the chance to read, learn new things and keep up with your industry at your own pace. You can attend conference calls when on the treadmill or while taking a walk in nature.
That’s the beauty of technology: It enables you to do your things while still being connected and productive.
More time with family
Many might argue that family members interrupt them when they’re working from home, but I’ve come to realize the importance of the time we spend with loved ones.
Until last year, the only time I was spending with my significant other was one hour in the evenings and a few hours on weekends. I’d see my family every now and then. It was hard, and I was unhappy.
Now, as my significant other and I both work from home, we get to spend a lot of time together. We train together and eat together.
As for my family, we see each other every other day.
Less stressful environment
Of course, it is fun to go to an office and chat with colleagues by the water cooler, but how many times you were annoyed by that colleague who yapped loudly on the phone, distracting everyone within earshot?
What about the unnecessary interruptions, unimportant meetings at 5 p.m. when you were ready to go home? Been there, done that.
When you’re working from home, all that noise disappears, you have a quieter atmosphere, and you can think and organize your own time to be productive.
Working from home = productivity
No matter how much some argue that employees are not efficient if they aren’t monitored, I disagree, because it’s not about the location, it’s about the people.
If your employees are happy with your company, if you choose the right people for your business, they will be productive working from anywhere.
However, if you didn’t choose the right people for your business, you can work side by side with them, and they still find a way to do less work and complain more.
So, what are your thoughts about working from home? Please share them in the comments section.
A version of this article originally appeared on Spin Sucks.