As the world quickly embraces the idea of working from home even after things have opened up, it’s important to discuss how remote work can affect one’s mental health before considering transitioning to this type of work.
Workers who were able to continue remote work found that they are happier than they were compared to office work. In a study to assess how workers feel about working from home, over 90% of the respondents stated that they were happier when working in a remote position rather than a typical office commute.
When questioned further about what remote work leads to their lighter mood, here were their responses:
- 61% of respondents stated that their savings have improved having worked from home.
- 66% said that having work from home gave them more time to spend with their families.
- 62% stated their overall morale at work has increased greatly.
When it comes down to it, it makes sense why people would prefer the option to work from home. When it comes to travel, you don’t have to worry about the stresses of commuting to work, giving you more time to get work done. Moreover, the flexibility of remote work gives you time to organize your non-work tasks (household chores, appointments, activities, etc.).
Although it would be remiss to discuss the benefits of remote work, without addressing the problems one might face. For those who have a more extroverted nature, remote work can be lonely and isolating.
Another point to note is at a physical there is a mental cut-off to stop working when you clock out. When working from home, it becomes difficult to draw the line between work and life which can quickly lead to burnout.
When thinking about transitioning work styles, set some time to reflect on what your relationship with your work means to you, and from there you can determine if working from home is a good fit or not.