Although the concept of working from home is not a new one; it’s definitely a trend that has increased significantly over the past few years. According to a Pew Research Center study, before the COVID -19 pandemic, only 20% of people who could work from home were actually working remotely. The global shutdowns as a result of the pandemic meant workers had to adjust to remote work almost overnight. According to a more recent study, from Pew Research Center, as of February 2022, nearly 60% of U.S. workers who can work remotely are working from home all or most of the time.
This increase in flexibility for employees to work from home is a trend that is unlikely to change anytime soon. After all, who wouldn’t want a 30-second commute? Here are our top 6 benefits of working from home.
1. Little To No Commute
A 30-second commute sounds pretty amazing, right? Whether you work from home full-time or have a hybrid schedule, all that time you would have normally spent commuting to and from work can now be used differently. If you no longer need to commute into the city full-time, you can enjoy saving money and time by living in the suburbs!
2. Greater Flexibility
Working from home can often provide a greater sense of work-life balance. Need to drop off/pick up the kids? Go to an appointment? Run an extra load of laundry? Go grocery shopping? Many jobs that allow employees to work from home provide greater flexibility. This level of versatility also allows more time for self-care, whether that means taking a walk, meditating, or just sitting on your porch for a couple of extra minutes in the morning to enjoy your coffee. Taking time for these moments to relax and regenerate throughout the day can also help decrease stress.
3. More Free Time
Enjoying a reduced commute is one-way people who work from home are able to gain time back to their day. But it’s not just more time to get work tasks and projects completed. A 2021 survey of remote workers found that 6 in 10 reported being that more productive working from home. This is partly due to the lack of a commute, but there’s also a lack of in-office distractions and interruptions as well.
Of course, that doesn’t mean working from home is completely distraction-free, but having a home office means creating a distraction-free space to work within your home.
4. More Resources
When working from home, time is not the only resource you’ll save. Depending on where you live, working from home can save you around $4,000 or more annually! This amount is calculated based on savings from
- Food (coffee, dining out)
5. Design Your Dream Office
If you’re able to work from home, one of the benefits is complete control over the design of your home workspace! As a Soundbuilt homeowner, we’re committed to helping you build the home of your dreams, and that includes building the home office of your dreams.
Work From Home at Soundbuilt!
If you’re considering relocating to the Seattle/Tacoma area, our communities are ideally located near some of the area’s major tech companies and their hubs. Many consider the Seattle area to be the next Silicon Valley due to the fact that some of the biggest names in tech - including Amazon and Microsoft - are located here. Some of the other major employers - many of whom offer flexible options for their employees to work from home - including Tableau, Cray, Highspot, and Assurance.
Whether you work from home part or full-time, Soundbuilt has many beautiful homes with home offices for you to choose from in Washington state! Interested? Consider joining our VIP Priority List! Contact our concierge team to learn more about making your work-from-home dream a reality in your new Soundbuilt home!