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The Benefits Of Remote Jobs


Remote jobs are the newest trend in the business world. But while the word ‘remote’ might come with some negative connotations as far as employees are concerned, remote employment certainly isn’t all bad. Before you write off a remote position, check out the benefits of working remotely.

Eliminate Stress

When you work remotely, you have more control over the factors in your everyday professional life than you do when you report to an office. This allows you to manage your stress levels by optimizing your professional process to best fit your life. In fact, a Staples study done in 2011 reported that, “employees who worked from home experienced 25 percent less stress.” Think about your common work day stress triggers: distractions, corporate pressures, work overflow spilling into your personal life. All these things add up over time. By working from home or tucking yourself into a quiet corner of the library, you eliminate a constant string of office disruptions: passing coworkers, neighboring phone calls, shouting voices, etc. It’s also likely that you will never encounter the pressure to relocate. Companies that offer remote positions are able to avoid geographical restrictions when selecting their employees. Last but certainly not least, controlling your own work schedule allows you a tremendous amount of flexibility to balance your work with your personal life. When asked about his experience working remotely, the Marketing Director of Greenrope, Alessandra Ceresa, said, “I am able to go to the gym in the middle of the day, take a walk, do errands…My life is balanced, because I get all of my work done, and have time to actually live.” Working remotely allows you the freedom to shape your job around you life, instead of your life around your job.  

Overcome Obstacles

If you’re suffering from a disability or illness, remote working might allow you to make a living when you can’t physically get to your job. Unfortunately, even today health concerns are a large cause of lost productivity and unemployment in the United States. Research shows that anywhere from 18 to 20 million people between the ages of 19 and 64 are not working as a result of poor health, disabilities, or chronic diseases. On top of that, the number of employees who reported missing work because of an illness in one year alone was approximately 69 million. When calculated, that lost time adds up to a grand total of 407 million missed days of work. Remote positions provide job opportunities when physical ailments might otherwise keep an employee sidelined. They also work to solve a bigger problem. Even if you don’t work remotely all the time, the option to do so certainly helps in a sick-day pinch. Working remotely allows you to get your work done without bringing your germs to the office. You get better while working from bed and your coworkers avoid the risk of infection, keeping the collective workforce strong and healthy.

Save Time And Money

Have you ever heard the phrase, “You have to spend money to make money?” Well, somewhere along the way those words got horribly twisted. Today, the average worker’s morning commute costs them both time and money in extremes. Annually, the collective employed community wastes 200 hours and $2,600 on their daily commute. However, the effects of this go beyond dollars lost while sitting in traffic. Over-tired workers account for roughly $63 billion dollars wasted and hours of productivity lost. By working from home remotely, those 200 hours behind the wheel could be translated into 200 extra hours of sleep. A remote job enables you to invest your time wisely in a job and actually have money to put in the bank come payday. You don’t always have to spend exuberant amounts of money in order to make a living. Remote working offers you an escape from rush hour traffic, paychecks spent exclusively on gas, and sleep-deprived workdays.   

In summary, remote positions allow you to cut out many office-based stress triggers in your work life. They also provide work opportunities for people with disabilities, illnesses, or the common cold. Finally, they save you time and money in the long run. Now that you know the benefits of remote jobs, will you reconsider your current employment options?

For more information on innovative employment opportunities, check out this article on how to get a job without a degree.