Work from home, WFH, remote work, telecommute, and work from anywhere are all very common phrases we’ve heard in the past year. With all of the above getting higher traction and more popularity, they’re being thrown around interchangeably. So what is the difference between working from home, and working from anywhere?
There are a few specific reasons why working from anywhere is superior to working from home. Working from anywhere is a real perk. It’s a more easy to manage, permanent solution. It is built out to be more convenient for the majority, and gives people freedom and flexibility in the workplace. A lot of times, when people think about work from home (WFH), what they actually are wanting and envisioning is work from anywhere (WFA). Let’s take a look at the difference between the two types of work, and what they can bring to the table.
Working From Home
Working specifically from home is not a perk for everyone. Especially seeing some of the situations people were put into when sent home in March of 2020, a lot of employees realized working from home isn’t always a good thing. Many employees do not have a proper office area set up in their homes. This could leave them stuck working on the couch, or crammed in an uncomfortable corner. Along with this, some employees do not have reliable or strong enough WiFi access at home. This can be even more of an issue if there are multiple people working from the same house.
Being tied down to your home is not everything it’s cracked up to be. Some employers expect the employee to pay for the WiFi they are using, use their own personal phone number, and more. If they give employees a stipend for these expenses, it still is extremely inconvenient. It may be easier to become distracted at home as well. Whether you start doing housework, easily can go lay in bed, or are in a house with kids or pets, the distractions at home are endless. We know this is not the case for all people, but WFH is not an ideal solution for everyone.
Work From Anywhere
Working from anywhere is the real perk. Flexibly being able to work from the comfort of wherever they want gives employees freedom. The two biggest reasons working from anywhere drives productivity and happiness is because employees can work from wherever they feel the most productive. It also gives employees the capability to lead a better balanced life.
Work where & when you are most productive
Being able to work where and when you are the most productive will boost your work ethic. It gives a flexible solution for people to choose what they want to work from. WFA employees prove to have higher productivity, according to Harvard Business School. They focused on patent examiners who switched from WFH to WFA. They found that the patent examiners had a 4.4 percent higher work output and a higher quality of work when they went to WFA. The improvements added up to an additional $1.3 billion annual value to the US economy. Giving employees the option to go to the office some days is a valuable option. Whether it’s to utilize a nicer desk, the printer, or just get away from their home. Working from home some days and in the office other days is a great way to stay on top of things and give a little more variety to your work week.
Giving employees this solution by handing them more mobility options such as a laptop and a VoIP phone or mobile app will make them feel comfortable taking advantage of this opportunity.
Gives more life more balance
Working from anywhere also provides a work-life balance that many didn’t expect to have at this point in their career. The ability to travel, whether for pleasure or because you need to care for a sick relative, is a huge perk. You can work for a month at your cousin’s house in Texas, and come back home to see your parents while working from their home for another month. Having the freedom to get work done while also pursuing traveling and lifestyles that you truly want will bring you happiness and fulfilment. Having happy employees is extremely important for the survival and performance of any organization or business. Happier employees work harder, better together in teams, and are generally more productive. When an employee feels fulfilled and cared about at a company, they will work harder for that company.