Tuesday, September 19, 2017
 

Home Is Where The Office Is

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Home Is Where The Office Is

I don’t mind working, but this eight hour wait to go home is killing me. If that sounds like you, then have you considered working from home? Of course you have, but how badly do you want to work from home?

Based on an article on AOL.com titled, “Many Americans would accept pay cut to work from home” it appears that most people would be willing to take up to an eight percent cut in pay in order to work from home, but there’s a significant caveat.

People also like the “traditional” work schedule of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. So while working from home is desired, that doesn’t mean people are willing to have flexible or irregular work schedules. That same article says people will take a 20 percent pay cut to avoid working evenings and weekends.

Have you ever played the game “would you rather?” This is a classic example of would you rather have a higher salary, but work non-standard hours in an office, including weekends, or would you rather have a smaller salary, but get to work standard hours from home? You can’t have your cake and eat it, too, so you have to choose.

Some people need an office setting in order to get work done. The distractions of working from home (for example, kids, chores, TV, etc.) are too strong to overcome, so productivity suffers. Other people thrive when working at home. They’re always on time, get more done during the workday, and never seem stressed because they don’t have to deal with traffic, annoying co-workers, or wearing uncomfortable clothes mandated by a company dress code.

Think of it this way. Do you have a treadmill, exercise bike, or similar machine at home? Do you use it often, or are you the type of person that has to go to the gym in order to be properly motivated to work out? Same goes with where you work. You may want to work from home, but an actual office setting provides the necessary focus needed. Then again, you may be the type of person who can go straight from the bed to the desk at home and churn out more work in your pajamas.

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