From SARS in 2003, MERS in 2012, Ebola 2014 to the current Corona virus, the 21st century has experienced major disease epidemics according to a recent report done with the World Health Organization. Owing to the high risk of contracting disease outbreaks, the home office business model significantly mitigates the spread of these highly contagious infirmities. During such periods, the epidemics pose a direct threat to not only our physical wellbeing but also to our ability to earn a living to further support our families and ultimately to our sheer existence!
We are more at risk if we work in open-plan offices, where temperature and humidity is highly compromised due to poor ventilation and hygiene challenges due to shared workspaces which is certainly not the case with remote working.
Working from home still ensures business continuity even during such frightening times. Currently, several companies have implemented the home office business model as a contingency plan to avoid stopping production or entirely closing the company e.g. Webasto SE, a German automotive supplier.
It’s easy for you to create a working atmosphere that is more conducive compared to open-plan offices where concentration level is sometimes immensely affected by office happenings such as phone calls, privacy invasion or limited creativity. All these factors of an open-plan office make it hard for one to be productive due to their interruptive nature. On the other hand, when working from home, you get to enjoy an absolute peace and quiet environment you so much require to efficiently get all your tasks done.
“Home office reduces the number of vehicles on the road which helps to improve air quality and the emissions of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming” – Tracey Holloway, NASA Health and Air Quality
Without commuting to work, fewer health-damaging pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) are released in the atmosphere. Unfortunately, both of these emissions are known to have adverse health impacts due such as asthma attacks and other serious respiratory issues.
Additionally, cars emit huge amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) which is the main cause of climate change which ultimately leads to global warming. Thus, the reduction of car travels positively impacts the environment. A survey conducted by Dell found out that telecommuting worked great for the company. Thanks to their Home Office Program, they avoided 6,700 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and saved $12 million (i.dell.com) The study also found that on average, employees were able to save $350 in fuel costs per year.
Saves time and money
If your commute distance to work is shorter, you probably don’t have issues getting timely to work nonetheless, we can all relate to the rush hour traffic and how it affects our mobility to and from work. So, working from a home office not only saves our valuable time but also the money aspect of it. Its cheaper to hire a qualified relevant professional to work from home rather than to source brick-and-mortar employees from a distant location. This creates a win-win for both the employer and the employee.
Flexibility during seasonl peaks
While some prefer an early morning start at work, others prefer working late into evening hours. You can take advantage of these work arrangements to offer your customers an extended service. In addition to increased efficiency at the end of a working day, this gives a clear competitive advantage over those who can only offer fixed "9 to 5" working hours.
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