Many people in the UK are self-employed purely by choice, while others tend to prefer working in the comfort of their own home despite having the opportunity to work among colleagues in an office environment. Related: How To Improve Office Relationships While working from home can be extremely beneficial when it comes to travel expenses, planning your own time, working to your own agenda, and so on, there are many aspects of working in an office that can’t be mirrored if you’re at home all the time. Here are a few benefits of working in an office environment instead of spending most of your day at home:
Working From HomeDid you know over 10 percent of the workforce in the United States works from home at least one day a week? Let's be honest: When you're working from home, are you 100 percent focused on your work from nine to five? Probably not. Well, you're not the only one. According to Business Week, a survey concluded that workers are easily distracted by the comforts of home.
Distractions At HomeThe survey found that 43 percent of workers watched TV and 24 percent claimed they drank an alcoholic beverage while doing work. And it's not just the comforts of home that divert our attention. It turns out household chores are also major distractions. Of the workers surveyed, 35 percent found themselves doing chores and 28 percent ended up cooking dinner. It's no wonder 50 percent of the workers surveyed said their bosses are reluctant to have their employees work from home. How can someone possible to focus on work with this plethora of distractions? Is it even possible to work efficiently? Apparently, it is. A study by Stanford University found that workers are actually more productive when working from home. According to the study, people had higher work satisfaction when working from home, and their performance increased over 12 percent during a nine month experiment. What about you? Are you more productive when you work from home? Or is the office a better work environment? Please take our poll! [poll id="26"]
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What exactly is a Plan B? The term represents an alternate road to travel, if the path you are taking is leading nowhere – a backup plan. It’s always good to have a Plan B if you find that your work choices are just not working out. You should always have a Plan B, and as long as you do, you’ll always be at the ready. If working at home is your dream, starting to implement your Plan B now, will pay big dividends, and you'll be ready to work at home today.
As you sit at your desk in the cubicle on the left, overhearing half of the conversation between Jessica and her soon to be ex-boyfriend Jacob, you might be thinking that, although you were excited when you got this job, things have really changed. If you think your pile of paper clips is more exciting than your work life, it’s definitely time for a do-over. But how can you get re-energized and get excited about your future? Perhaps it’s time for Plan B. Why not work from home and build your own fabulous empire? But how realistic is this you ask? Your father worked on his company’s business site his entire life, your friends and relatives have all done this, as well. But in your heart of hearts, you’ve always known that your path was not to be foretold by the actions of others, and so you will go your own way. All that you have to do is dig deep, much deeper than you ever have before, and remember that the payoff will be enormous! I watched an old Oprah’s Next Chapter show that I had stored on my DVR back in July. The subject of this episode was David Copperfield, the magician. I am not sure why I kept this specific title, since I did not find him particularly interesting, however, I learned something incredibly powerful when I watched the recording. So of course, the reason that this taping remained, through many deletions of other programs, was to provide a reminder about the keys to success. They both spoke of their “P”s. Oprah mentioned “Passion” and “Preparation,” and David added “Persistence.” I immediately stopped the DVR, and wrote down these little pearls of wisdom, bestowed upon me by two of the wealthiest, most successful people on this planet. If you want to change your life, you must find your passion, take on the requisite preparation, and be persistent in the face of the guaranteed adversities that will arise. Thus, Plan B! If you want to change your life, if you want to work from home, if you want to create a business that can alter the trajectory of your life’s path, then you must find your bliss, prepare yourself to morph your bliss into a wonderful business, that you and others can rally behind and get excited about, and consistently chip away at your dream, one day at a time, piece by piece, step by step, until one day you will turn around and realize that you made that dream come true. What is the first step in implementing your Plan B? Write your plan down on paper. (Don’t be like me, I was one of the lucky ones to get a leather journal from Oprah, and now I won’t write anything in it, so your journal can’t be too cute, or too meaningful to write in!) Why should you write your plan down? Writing down the elements of your plan makes your intention real. It is step one in your multi-step plan, to go from twisting paper clips at your desk, to launching your new life. If you do not like to write in journals, try Microsoft One Note. One Note is a software notebook that allows you to keep numbered and to-do lists. Online clippings, photos and more, so that you can create a virtual journal of your plans, goals, and objectives are also available. As you proceed, you can build your work from home business plan, and more. I keep One Note on my network drives, so that I have access to it from any home computer I might use. In addition, Windows SkyDrive, offers One Note online. So if you choose the free SkyDrive version (which is less potent), you can read your notes, as long as you have an Internet connection.
There comes a point in your life when you start to think, “Is this all there is? Wouldn’t it be great if I could work from home?” You get up, day after day, get dressed, comb your hair, pack your lunch, warm up the car, drive into traffic, and park in front of the same building. As you carry your leather attaché, filled with who knows what, you nod hello to Mary, who is gossiping with Ethel, just like yesterday, and the day before. You nod and smile at your boss, who is wondering if you finally completed the Simpson project he delegated because he didn’t want to do it himself, knowing that you always do a better job. When you finally complete the project, your boss will take credit for it, as usual. “Oh well,” you think, as you finally settle in at your desk. You respond to all of your business e-mails, and begin to work on your project, but Cindy Lou stops by to talk about her shoes, and how they really hurt her bunions, that she soaked in the miracle cure being offered for half price at the Manicure Spot, downstairs near the sub shop. You have no idea how it could happen so fast, but it is now time to take your morning break. You walk about half a mile to the break room, get a stone-hard bagel and some stale coffee from the bottom of the pot, because Harry “the belcher” refused to add water to the Bunn coffee maker, after he took a double double macchiato, in his triple-sized mug. Does this sound familiar to you?