These days so many tasks can be accomplished digitally. An important report can be typed up and sent to a colleague. Emails can be sent in bulk. Meetings can be conducted over Skype from the comfort of your couch. These technological advancements have resulted in many Australians making the shift from their office to their home when it comes to work. In fact, a recent study from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed that in the past 15 years, the percentage of people that work from home has risen from 20% to 30%.
While you may save time on commuting to work and get to see the family more often, working from home also has its disadvantages. There are solutions though – and one may be as easy as adding a studio to your backyard! Read on as we discuss the negatives of meeting deadlines from home, and how you can turn them into positives.
Working from home can be lonely
In 2013, a survey was conducted by McCrindle Research on 250 ‘work-from-home’ workers. 58% of respondents mentioned that working from home has resulted in them craving more social interaction and face-to-face conversations. Understandable – the workplace is often a hub for meeting people and making friends. Working from home can remove this benefit and make it more difficult to maintain strong connections with colleagues. There is also less contact with your superiors meaning that you may not be getting as much direction as you require.
One way to combat the absence of social interaction is to remember to keep in contact with your colleagues. Something as simple as a phone call, or a quick coffee or lunch on the weekend can satisfy your craving for social interaction. Little things like this will keep your social life thriving without having to give up your home office.
Argh… the distractions!
Making the move from the office to your home is great for removing interruptions, such as Bill from Accounts telling you about his new lawnmower. But the home can also present several distractions. You always see the dishes, the dust or the full laundry basket. Lack of supervision also means that you may end up shopping online and checking your social feeds too often. The perfect solution to reducing distractions is creating a space where your work can thrive. Build a studio or workshop where you can designate your time during work hours. By working in a designated space you’ll feel like it’s just another day at the office without sacrificing the benefits of being an arm’s length from your house.
Working from home requires a high level of self-discipline and motivation
When you’re at the office, there’s always a sense of urgency that pushes you to meet deadlines and focus on the task at hand. Working from home can jeopardise this, as you need to be able to replicate that high level of productivity without the ‘over-the-shoulder’ supervision. A studio space can provide you with an area devoted to work, making it a distraction-free zone, maximising your output. To keep motivated, talk to your colleagues about your progress, keep your bosses up to date and even organise to visit your workplace once or twice a week.
Now that you know how to avoid the negatives that come with ditching your work office, we’re sure you’ll be on track to becoming a work-from-home pro in no time!
This article was written by Callum Youla, an ongoing content contributor to the Aarons Outdoor Living blog.