Most of us like the idea of working from home. Some of us have worked to create businesses that operate out our property. Of course, unlike offices, homes are built with comfort and catering to families in mind, not work production and staff. Yet, that should not stop us considering how we can make the spaces we live in more compatible.
Everything is connected
The most obvious reason why working from home has become an option is due to the nature of being connected online. Thanks to the internet, we can communicate instantly with anyone, anywhere in the world. Data can be immediately obtained, information gathered and used. We must then make sure we have all the necessary requirements to have high speed internet access.
As Small Business Chronicle notes:
“Switching to high-speed Internet will cost more money, but you should see your employees being able to work more efficiently and respond to customer inquiries.”
Since we’re operating a business – whether as individuals or an entire office – it’s essential we choose internet options which are uncapped, rather than focused on unnecessarily fast speed. We do not want to find ourselves in a situation without internet because we forgot to pay.
Improve the home
We may need to either obtain a better home or improve our current one to accommodate the new focus on business. But that doesn’t come cheap. We should help negotiate our budget and finances properly. It’s wise to use tools like home loan calculators or consult our financial experts to have an overview of where we stand. From there, we can dip into our budget to make the best decisions regarding the direction we should take.
We need space after all, and our homes may need to make way for that – or we need to change the homes we operate from.
One key reason why many are concerned about working from home is whether the staff member will be able to get the work done. Too often there’s an assumption that working from home will mean slow or late work. Yet, this is constantly disproved – many freelancers and contractors live their entire lives working remotely. Deadlines must be met. Apathy is incredibly detrimental to everyone. As Business Insurance notes:
“Apathy is the killer of motivation, a detriment to quality, and a catalyst for poor customer service. But worst of all, apathy is contagious.”
The point being, don’t hire apathetic workers rather than dismiss working from home altogether.
Apathy should be viewed as a hole letting water in. If it’s not plugged, it will take down the entire ship. Others will see a lazy staff member continue to get paid for late assignments and will begin slowing their hard work.
Don’t be apathetic and don’t allow staff to be apathetic either. This, indeed, is a key danger of working remotely but can and must be stopped in any context.
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