Monday, Oct. 9 kicks off National Work from Home (WFH) week, and we partnering with Logitech to get the word out and help celebrate. All week, Fuze will be sharing a series of blogs to offer advice and best practices to make remote work “work” and enable employees to work from everywhere.
As we discuss the ins and outs of a remote workforce this week, we feel it is important not to take the terminology itself too literally. While most organizations default to the phrase “work from home,” it fails to capture the essence of why a majority of today’s workforce has embraced the remote lifestyle with such gusto. It is less about working on your couch in your pajamas (although, that continues to be an appeal for many) and more about the flexibility to take ownership of your work environment.
Whether that means claiming a spot at your favorite coffee shop or knocking out a project in the airport lounge, WFHWeek celebrates the unique ways we can empower ourselves. We’re no longer bound to the traditional idea of an office, and that’s having a huge impact on the future of work.
But that’s just one reason to get excited about the rise of remote work. Here are a few more:
Redefine your commute. The average commute time in the U.S. is 25.4 minutes, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That number can increase to nearly 45 minutes thanks to rises in rush hour traffic. When you crunch the numbers, Americans are spending around an hour or more in transit. Take that a step further, and it totals a minimum of 42 hours annually – an entire work week. By embracing a more flexible lifestyle, you take back that time to spend how you see fit. Put it back into projects or achieve a better work-life balance. The options are endless.
Make time for the little things. It can be easy to forget that life happens quickly outside of the office. Childcare responsibilities, doctor appointments, emergency family obligations – our personal and professional lives shouldn’t come into conflict with each other, they should complement each other. If taking an hour in the afternoon for a difficult-to-schedule appointment then logging on later to catch up saves you a headache, do it! Don’t apologize for taking care of business. Be thankful technology is helping us do it all and on our own terms.
- Don’t worry about everyone else. How many times have you looked around your office at closing time, noticed coworkers still typing away at their computers, and felt guilty for leaving? If that sounds familiar, you’re not alone. It is common to feel pressure to conform to group behaviors, even if it runs counter to your natural work habits. This can ultimately stymie your long-term productivity. Remote work schedules are inherently designed to be tailored to the needs of the individual, so you don’t have to worry that you’re the odd one out.
Have you embraced the remote work lifestyle? Share with us on Twitter at @Fuze and using the hashtag #WFHWeek.