Since the pandemic, more and more people are working from their home office.. In fact, they predict that in the next five years, there will be an increase of at least 10% in remote work. While a few short years ago working from home was seen as less productive than coming into the office, the numbers are showing otherwise. Not only are people more productive at home, but there are other scientifically-proven benefits that come along with it. These are a few of the many benefits of working from home backed by science.
When people stay at home, they don’t get in their cars and contribute to air pollution. In fact, there was such a dramatic decrease in people driving during stay-at-home orders at the peak of COVID that there were significantly lower levels of air pollution and air pollution-related deaths.
When people are stuck in their car for long periods of time commuting to their jobs, it can be stressful. Not to mention having to wake up early and get ready, and rush their way to work. People with children can be even more susceptible to stress in the morning since they have to get themselves ready as well as their little ones off to school. However, when you work from home, there’s less pressure on your mind to make it from A to point B. You simply get up and go straight to your home desk which is much less frazzling on the brain.
Less Risk of Getting Ill
Working from home means less exposure to potential illness. When you stay within only your home, you’re not only reducing your chances of catching an illness, but also spreading it to others. In the absence of illness, there is a better quality of life for everyone.
Statistics show that people who eat at work consume as many as 300 extra calories more than they would if they were eating lunch at home. Usually, this is because of grabbing something convenient near their worksite, which is frequently fast food or processed. When people eat at home, they don’t necessarily eat healthier, but they have less access to unhealthy options. Often workplaces have vending machines, or nearby fast-food restaurants, which causes people to give in to temptation out of convenience.
When you have to get up, get ready, and commute, it requires waking up much earlier. As a result, people who have to physically go into work often suffer from higher levels of fatigue. Yet, people who work from home, or collaborate remotely report that they feel much more rested since they simply get out of bed, have breakfast, and are able to start work right away without having to sacrifice sleep.