Welcome to the Fifty Eighth bulletin.
WISH Bulletin –
Benefits of Working From Home
Working from home has a host of advantages for workers. Below is a list of the best of the best benefits of working from home—some you may already be aware of, and some that may open your eyes even more to remote work’s impact on employers, employees, the economy, and the planet.
1. Better Work-Life Balance
Many remote jobs also come with flexible schedules, which means that workers can start and end their day as they choose, if their work is complete and leads to strong outcomes. This control over your work schedule can be invaluable when it comes to attending to the needs of your personal life.
Whether it is dropping kids off at school, running some errands, attending an online fitness class in the morning, or being home for a contractor, these tasks (and more!) are all easier to balance when you work from home.
2. Less Commute Stress
The average one-way commuting time in the UK is 54 minutes—that’s nearly two hours each day spent getting to and from work, and it really adds up. Some “extreme” commuters face much longer commute times of 90 minutes or more each way.
But wasting time commuting is just one of the downsides of getting to and from work. More than 30 minutes of daily one-way commuting is associated with increased levels of stress and anxiety, and research shows that commuting 10 miles to work each day is associated with health issues like:
Elevated blood sugar
Increased risk of depression
Ditching the commute helps you support your mental and physical health. The time savings can allow you to focus on priorities outside of work, like getting extra sleep in the morning, spending more time with family, getting in a workout, or eating a healthy breakfast.
3. Location Independence
One of the considerable benefits of working from home is having access to a broader range of job opportunities that are not limited by geographic location. This can be especially helpful for job seekers living in rural communities and small towns where there may not be many available local positions.
Having no set job location means that, pre-pandemic, fully remote workers could also travel and live as digital nomads while having a meaningful career. Though a full nomad lifestyle is currently on hold, as borders begin to open, it is still a definite perk.
In addition, remote work is a great way to avoid high-rent and high-mortgage areas, especially for positions (like tech) that used to require living in a city with a high cost of living. With remote work, you no longer must live near a major metropolitan area to have a career you love.
4. Improved Inclusivity
Remote work enables companies to embrace diversity and inclusion by hiring people from different socioeconomic, geographic, and cultural backgrounds and with different perspectives—which can be challenging to accomplish when recruiting is restricted to a specific locale that not everyone wants, or can afford, to live near.
And by hiring employees who can work from home in the communities where they feel the most comfortable and supported, companies choose to support diversity, community, and family.
Remote work gives people who may have a hard time finding steady employment at an onsite job, like those with disabilities or caregivers who need a flexible schedule, the opportunity to follow their career goals without having to worry about commuting back and forth to an office. It also gives workers the flexibility to get to doctor’s and other healthcare appointments when needed.
5. Money Savings
People who work from home save money on petrol, car maintenance, transportation, parking fees, a professional wardrobe, lunches bought out, and more can all be reduced or eliminated from your spending entirely. These savings add up and put more money back into your pocket.
And the savings are not just for employees, either. As more and more companies allow employees to continue working from home post-pandemic—like Twitter, Square, Shopify, and Facebook, to name just a few—they will also see significant long-term cost savings.
6. Positive Environmental Impact
Benefits of Working from Home For The Environment (from greenecofriend.co.uk)
Global Workforce Analytics estimates that working from home half the week can reduce emissions by 54 million tons every year. “
Reduction in Carbon Emissions - With fewer people commuting, there would necessarily be a reduction in carbon emissions.
Reduced Fuel Usage - Again, if people are not driving to work then there is less need for petrol / diesel. If demand declines, then the price should go down too and maybe more of it would stay in the ground.
- Less Air Pollution - Less cars = less air pollution. This would make a huge difference to people living in large cities like London and New York.
Reduction in Energy Use - Offices use a lot of energy, for heating / cooling and running all the office equipment. It could be argued that this would be balanced out by increased energy use at home. Although there would necessarily be increased usage at home, people are far more likely to switch things off at home when they are not in use when they’re having to pay the bills themselves. Overall, I think energy use will decrease.
- Less Office Waste
Again, it could be argued that the same amount of waste would be produced in the home, but I counter that argument with the same point as above. If you are having to replace printer paper yourself (even if you do charge your employer) you are going to be far more aware of the amount of waste being produced. It is easy to keep grabbing paper from the office supplies cupboard, but when you have to order / replace paper at home, you’re going to digitally save your work rather than print it.
- Less Food Packaging Waste
By not buying takeaway lunches because you can make your own food, the amount of food packaging waste each person produces will be dramatically reduced. This goes for disposable coffee cups as well.
“The transportation sector generates more emissions in the US than the industry, electricity, commercial, and agricultural sectors, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
With so many emissions wrapped up in the daily work commute, telecommuting and remote work could serve as powerful tools to help reduce emissions and traffic.”
7. Impact on Sustainability
Remote work supports a variety of sustainability initiatives, from economic growth and reduced inequalities to sustainable cities, climate change, and responsible consumption.
One of the fastest, cheapest ways for employers and employees to reduce their carbon footprint and affect climate change is by reducing commuter travel. In fact, the world is already seeing markedly reduced pollution, congestion, and traffic during the pandemic response, and being able to experience the results first-hand may be a driver of remote work for everyone involved.
8. A Customizable Office
Being able to create a comfortable home office is an excellent benefit of remote work. Whether you simply want a more ergonomic chair or you have health issues that require specialised office equipment, you can set up your home office and make it whatever you want.
9. Increased Productivity and Performance
Working from home usually leads to fewer interruptions, less office politics, a quieter noise level, and less (or more efficient) meetings. Add in the lack of a commute, and remote workers typically have more time and fewer distractions, which leads to increased productivity—a huge benefit of working from home for both employees and employers alike.
When done right, remote work allows employees and companies to focus on what really matters—performance. Unfortunately, the office environment can create “false positives” that can lead to bias and favouritism. After all, coming in early and leaving late may “look” like more work, but actual performance is a much better indicator of productivity.
Just over half of respondents (51%) said that they are more productive working from home during the pandemic. When asked why, many cited fewer interruptions and quiet work environments (68% for both) as part of the reason for their increased productivity.
10. A Happier, Healthier Work Life
Remote, flexible workers tend to be happier and more loyal employees, in part because working from home has been shown to lower stress, provide more time for hobbies and interests, and improve personal relationships, among other things.
In addition to personal health and well-being, co-worker and manager relationships can be more positive without the distractions and politics that come along with an in-office job. A reported 72% of employers say remote work has a high impact on employee retention—plainly put, employees are sticking with their employer when they have remote work options.
Working from home can also lead to better health in a variety of ways:
More time for physical activity
The ability to eat healthier
Can recover from illness or surgery at home
Less exposure to illnesses
Ease of caring for a health issue or disability
The option to create a comfortable and ergonomic workspace.
A range of job sites with large numbers of home-based roles -
Simply Business site also lists a range of benefits of home working Vs working in an office - Benefits of working from home compared to in an office
Here is an analysis and commentary from ACAS on how best to make arrangements to work from home - Making working from home arrangements - ACAS
WEA Routes Project.
The WEA Routes project currently have spaces for new participants. If you feel that you could do with more assistance and 1-2-1 support, speak to your Work Coach, myself or to your Horsham DC contact and ask them to refer you.
You need to have access to a smart phone or the internet (to enable working online with their advisor)? The project has successfully supported 100s of people to access work, training and the support they need.
They also have a budget to support our participants on the journey, whether that be setting up their own business, retraining in a new field or dedicated life coaching to help them find the right direction and overcome their barriers.
Referral is simple, we pass on the interested person’s contact details and they will give them a call for an initial chat and then if you are ready, they’ll sign you up and start straight away.
Looking for job inspiration? Check out the BBC Bitesize A-Z list of careers to get you started!
Browse the job titles below to get insights from people who are doing the job, what qualifications you need and how much you will get paid: Careers A to Z: Find your perfect job - BBC Bitesize
Do you really know how much better off you will be in work??
if you do 16-hours a week? 25-hours a week or full time, compared to being on benefits, what difference will it make to how much you have in your pocket each week? If you have not done this, I would really recommend you have a go as it may surprise you.
Universal Credit is designed to allow for even a few hours a week of paid work to make you better off, here is the link to the Entitled To calculator, there are others but I like this one - entitledto - benefits-calculator
Local new vacancies
From now on the new vacancies will be uploaded as a pdf, so you can download and save them yourself -
here are the links for the most recent uploads - click here
And finally, WISH will be finishing at the end of June, so we'll not be taking on any more people from now, however Horsham District Council will continue with employment support after that via the fabulous new team now in place.
All the information you need can be accessed via this link - horsham employment support
We are doing more online and telephone 1-2-1s, so if you're an existing WISH participant please do get in touch with Richard if you would like some specific support via the email below.
See you soon we hope and please take good care.
Richard and Mel
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