Working From Home vs Working In An Office

I’ve been working from home for over three years now and the way I work sure has changed over the years. I was so used to working in a vibrant environment, having colleagues to share a laugh, a joke, a moan with – and to go from that to my own company was a big adjustment at first.

I love that I get peace and quiet at home (well, most of the time – these summer holidays sure are tough with a five year old and a seven month old!). But I do miss the all the hullaballoo that comes with working in a busy environment.

Furniture Work recently undertook an #OfficeJoys survey – they are a supplier of office chairs UKĀ and they made a humourous video about working in an office compared to working from home.

Although I didn’t spend much time working in an office outside the home (my main area was retail), it does remind me just what it was like to work outside the home – the phone calls, the post it notes, the chat with the colleagues. I do feel that I am much more productive now working from home as I am completely in charge of my workload. If the project interests me, I take it on. If it doesn’t, then I don’t. Whereas working in an office I would have to complete all the menial tasks I was given.

The survey found that 66% of 1000 people surveyed would prefer to work from home – and I don’t blame them! Three quarters of people surveyed think that working in an office is more stressful than working from home but I am not sure I would agree – it is much more stressful having to control your own workload and make sure you are getting paid enough each month. 46% also said they would like to work from home because of the convenience of no commute.

Nearly one third said their biggest distraction when working from home was the television. I’m inclined to agree. When Jack is at school or Steve is at work, I don’t have it on when I am working but it has obviously been on more whilst Jack has been on summer holidays. It is very easy to get sucked into a TV programme when you are meant to be working! 22% said their children is the biggest distraction and I am also inclined to agree with that. Only so many times you can hear the word ‘Mummy!!!

I much prefer working from home but I cannot deny that I do miss having colleagues every now and again. I know I can turn to social media and chat to my blogging friends but sometimes you just need that face to face chat.

Do you prefer working from home or is an office more your thing?

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