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Home Office–The Right Choice for You?

July 23rd, 2013 · No Comments

Those of us who commute every day are sometimes envious of the person who can walk into the next room at home and get right to work with no wasted time.  At this point, about 10% of the workforce (13.4 million people) work from home at least part of the time.

Some of the reasons we keep shifting in that direction include responding to requests for better work/life balance and providing employees with flexible options.  You may think working at home is a great time management decision.  However, aside from the social aspects of an office, there are multiple factors that can limit home productivity.  In a study of 24,000 people representing 95 countries, these were the biggest obstacles:

  • 59% – Children or family requiring attention
  • 43% – Hard to concentrate on work problems
  • 39% – Family or pets interfering with work calls
  • 32% – Lack of ability to use office equipment
  • 28% – Household noises like dishwashers
  • 26% – Unreliable internet connection
  • 21% – No proper work surface
  • 22% – Television on

If given a choice, before you make the move to work more from home, consider your specific situation.  How will your office be organized?  Yes, it’s great to avoid commuting hours, but if you waste time because of some of the above obstacles, it may not be the best choice.

For more details or to see how these factors break down by country, view the infographic from InternetProvider.org.

 

 

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