Baggy sweats. Flip-flops. An undershirt. A non-shaven face. And a comfortable bathrobe. Is this the outfit of a sickly man, or someone who is currently hospital-bound?
Nope! It’s actually the work attire for a person whose job allows them to do all the things they need to do for their job… from the comfort of their own home!
Being allowed to work from home is beneficial in many ways. First, you automatically save on any car expenses you would have to pay from traveling back and forth to an outside building everyday. That means having to spend less money on gas, and even less money on car maintenance (i.e. oil changes, dents from possible car bang-ups, tire wear-and-tear, etc.).
Second, even though you’re still working while at home, you can usually do it at a pace that’s more comfortable than if you were stuck at an office desk all day. You can take time to make yourself breakfast, get a cup of coffee, take a longer shower, and other things before (and during) your work day.
And third, it can be a GREAT convenience for a person who wants to be home with their kids more. This is especially true for new Moms, who may want to work but feel more inclined to be around their newborn infant. Not only do they get to spend time with their kid, but they also save hundreds (or, in some cases, thousands) of dollars they’d normally have to pay for someone to watch after their kids during the day.
(Note: this is also true should you decide to work from home when your kids are teenagers. My mom worked from home during most of my middle school/high school years, and it was always nice to know she was available when we needed her for something. Thanks, Ma!)
Ah, having a job that allows you to work from home… now THAT’S something to be thankful for!
– Aaron P. Taylor