Flexible working arrangements, especially working from home, is the way of the future. Remote working has been shown to lead to greater productivity, higher employee satisfaction, and is more family-friendly.
But scientists are finding that there are also a number of health benefits for people who work from home.
If you’re one of the around 40% of Australians who have a poor sleep, you’ll be pleased to hear that working from home will help you get a better night’s sleep. Studies have shown that people who under sleep or who have chronic insomnia are more likely to have weakened immune systems and higher levels of anxiety and depression. Poor sleep also impacts your productivity, as you find it difficult to focus, and your cognitive function is compromised.
Working from home means you don’t have to rush out of the door to beat the commute, and you can get some extra sleep if you need it. Just be careful where you sleep! (gives me the shudders just looking at the picture)
Healthy snacks and lunch options are as close as your kitchen when you work at home. Instead of rushing out to get a quick sandwich or skipping lunch altogether, you can make sure that there are always healthy, nutritious options close at hand. It’s easier to resist that mid-afternoon snack if there’s no vending machine around!
If you’re at home, you’re also much less likely to skip breakfast and lunch, and you won’t get caught in meetings over your lunch break.
Less exposure to Germs
You’ve probably worked in an office where colds and flu regularly sweep through the entire building. How many people do you know who have come to work despite a hacking cough or being obviously ill? Not to mention the air conditioning pumping the germs throughout the building.
Add to that the exposure while riding the bus or train and working in an office doesn’t seem very healthy. If you’re working at home, there will be far less exposure to the many germs and viruses in your community.
No Commuting Stress
Perhaps the best part of working from home is not having to suffer the frustrations of the daily commute. Whether you’re stuck in an endless traffic jam or crammed onto a subway car, commuting can be stressful at the best of times.
When you’re just a short walk away from your home office, the anxiety of getting to work on time just doesn’t exist. Your blood pressure and mental health will thank you for it!