This week 49 of the 50 States (lucky Florida) had some level of snowfall–some knee deep, blizzard worthy, and others in an ice storm. For those who work in a corporate office setting that possibly meant the option to work from home.
But is working away from your cubicle conducive to getting work done?
These days companies are a little more flexible in their work from home capability than they may have been previously. For those who work in more creative roles, it may not matter where they work. In fact, ideas might emerge while they’re on the go. However for those whose roles are restricted to and dependent on an office setting, they may have no choice.
reasons to love working at home
- no dress code – comfort while you work, alongside your cup of coffee/tea/etc.
- focus – really being able to concentrate on your work, interruptions optional
- freedom – to work in the coffee shop, your living room, wherever you see most productive
- no commute – saving time, money and energy to increase your efficiency
reasons to love your cubicle
- camaraderie – being able to develop interactions with coworkers/potential friendships both in and out of the work setting
- structure – contradictory to point 3 above, some people just love and need structure.
- benefits – easier ( and sometimes less expensive) to obtain while you work in the corporate world as opposed to on your own or as a contractor.
- constant learning – through the company of your coworkers/ daily situations
Personally I love being able to dress up in formal or casual and go to the office. It gives me the chance to interact with so many of my coworkers, to share our life’s ups and downs, and to learn work related and non work related lessons from a good range of experienced coworkers (I’m the youngest and only 4 years into my experience). I also love the structure that it gives—and working in the office gives me a chance to truly appreciate the very rare days that I can work from home.