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The hidden benefits of working from home

Jul 7, 2020.

Working from home sounds great in theory: Get up late. Grab a coffee. Open your laptop. The dream commute. But what are the less obvious benefits of ditching office life?

Gaining back time

Commuting costs time – in Switzerland, an average of 30 minutes per day. From chatting with loved ones to self-improvement and passion projects, you’ve probably got better things to do with those precious minutes. If you're working from home, you’ll also be free to create your ideal working environment or even, on occasion, work from an entirely new city or country. After all, the work will still get done, and that café in Paris does delicious pastries!

 

 

Health and productivity

The freedom of working from home could also give you a healthier, calmer life. Maybe that’s why one study of a remote working trial, in which 50% of a department’s employees worked from home, found that those who did took fewer sick days. And as if that wasn’t enough, the department’s overall productivity improved by 13%. When the trial ended and even more of the employees started working from home, it rose to 22%.

 

 

Plan well

Of course, most roles probably still need some face-to-face interaction and plenty of communication. It’s essential to get the balance right if you're going to be successful. So, have an honest conversation with your boss about the best way to use conference and video calling facilities, and set up regular meetings to keep each other up to date. There are also collaborative tools like Google Docs at your disposal that could help you and your colleagues work together more effectively. Also, it always helps to do a quick Google search for tips on how to be most efficient while working from home.

 

Long hours and busy work schedules can take their toll on your wellbeing. Getting health insurance is just one way you can start to look after yourself.

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