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Lesser-Noted Benefits of a Working From Home Policy

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Although many businesses have been doing it for some time now as a consequence of the pandemic, the years to come will see plenty of debate over the value of working from home. Some businesses have already made a decision on the future of telecommuting, one way or the other. In the middle, there will be some businesses that aren’t sure yet. However, there are more benefits to working from home than a lot of people realize – and a look at the following side benefits might be enough to convince some employers to keep WFH even when it’s no longer a necessity…

A crowded office is a noisy office

Many of the arguments offered in favor of the return to working in offices hinge around the workplace being a vibrant place where people talk, smile and laugh. Not only does this paint a depressing picture of most homes, but it also ignores the synonyms for “vibrant” that aren’t quite so flattering: for example, “noisy”. If you’ve ever been on a work call, pressing a headset or handset against one ear while trying to shut out noise with the other, you’ll know how hard it can be to work when dozens of people are talking at the same time. Working from home is better for hearing health, as well as productivity and stress management.

Office politics and cliques can be toxic

While work would be a less thrilling experience without your workmates, moving people out of the office does make it much harder for cliques and silos of employees to form. Office politics can be destructive in a workplace, and more introverted employees can end up shrinking into themselves. Working from home doesn’t need to mean an end to social aspects – online and offline events can still be planned, your Secret Santa plans can go through Elfster rather than being picked out of a hat, and a WhatsApp group can still see the best of office banter preserved. The last few decades have shown us that the internet can bring people together more than drive them apart.

It’s not just Covid that can be passed on

The idea behind WFH for most businesses in the last year has been that by keeping employees from coming to the office, transmission rates are kept down. So, people might argue, once Covid is a thing of the past (or relatively so), there’s no reason for people to stay home. However, think back to the colds you’ve had in recent years. Were they the result of working alongside someone infected? Probably. If you’re showing symptoms but still feeling healthy enough to work, it should be possible to work without commuting in and potentially infecting dozens of people who might end up feeling a lot worse than you do.

When placed alongside the financial benefits of decentralized working to both the business and the employee, the above examples show that there is a lot to think about before considering a return to the office. 

P.S. Working from home means more time for adventures!

5 Ways to “Clock-Out” When You Work From Home

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Working takes a lot out of you, and a job can be very demanding some days. You must take the time to rest and recover so that you can return to your duties the next day full of energy and motivation. But it can be difficult to transition from a work mindset to a recovery mindset when working from home. 

Below are four of my favorite ways to “clock-out” after a long day of work and signal to my mind and body that work is over and rest has begun. Setting aside this leisure time right after I wrap up for the day is crucial for me to enter the rest of my evening in a state of calm. Then, I can return to my desk the next morning feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. 

1. Pull out the Coloring Books

One way to relax after a long day of work is to grab your favorite coloring books and put your feet up. Invest in a variety of books from https://www.pennydellpuzzles.com/coloring/ so you can mix it up and choose different designs to work on. You’ll be creating a masterpiece while allowing yourself to rest and relax. Coloring is an activity that’s fun and beneficial for kids and adults alike. It’ll take your mind off all the stress and strain from your workday almost instantly.

2. Take A Warm Bath

You may also want to put taking a warm bath on your list of ways to “clock-out” after a long day of work. It’s your chance to unplug from technology and relax your muscles and brain from thinking. Put some bubbles in your bathtub and grab your favorite book that you can get lost in for a while. You might also want to put on some soothing background music and meditate while you’re soaking in the tub. You’ll feel like a new person when you get out of your bath and you’ll feel in a calm frame of mind. It’s an excellent way to relieve any stress you’re feeling in your body as well.

3. Watch A Movie

Another idea for how you can “clock-out” after work is to watch a movie. Pick one based on what you’re in the mood for and will keep your attention. It can be entertaining to watch a favorite movie of yours or to pick a new one that you haven’t seen before. Make a delicious snack or dinner and curl up on the couch in your comfortable clothes and a warm blanket to help you relax. You may even end up dozing off or falling asleep if you’re that tired and worn out. Nothing wrong with a nap!

4. Go On A Walk

You may not think of exercise as relaxing, but it is if you choose the right activity. Going on a walk is an excellent way to burn a few calories, reduce your stress, and calm a racing mind. Call up a friend so you two can catch up about what’s been going on in each of your lives. It’ll be relaxing to spend some time in nature and have someone who cares about you on the other end of the phone. You’ll feel so much better after getting in some steps and being able to get anything that’s bothering you off your chest to your friend.  

5. Read A Book

You might also want to consider reading a great book. Perhaps there is a novel that you have been recommended but you haven’t managed to get around to just yet. Or, maybe there’s a book that’s been on your shelves for months but you haven’t cracked the cover yet. Perhaps, you have read some beautiful short sayings and now you’re interested in discovering the source. Whether you’re learning about a different part of the world or escaping into fantasy, books are the perfect way to relax and escape.

But I want to hear from you! What are some ways you “clock-out” when working from home? Are there any aspects of working from home you’re struggling with?

P.S. Need one more “clock-out” idea? How about an at-home workout. 

7 Work-from-Home Looks Made Possible by Le Tote

I’ll be honest. I had the idea for this post over a month ago. I wanted to document some of the outfits I actually where as a work-from-home freelancer, specifically showcasing how I use pieces from my beloved Le Tote subscription to build the looks. I snapped photos of seven of the outfits I wore over a couple weeks. Outfits that I wore in my home office, but also to run errands, work from the library, and out to dinner with Chet.

Things got busy with work, we had some friends come into town, and blogging sort of took a backseat. Then, everything started to escalate with the Coronavirus and I was lucky if I could peel myself away from the news for long enough to actually do anything productive.

While my work-from-home looks have looked a little less put together this past week, I still thought I would go ahead and share this post. Especially as all but non-essential services have gone remote, more folks than ever will be throwing together work-from-home looks. I’m not one of those people that’s going to preach at you about getting dressed in your best first thing every morning when working from home. I usually start working around 7 am every day, but rarely change out of pjs until 10 or 11. You gotta do what works for you and helps you be the most productive. But what I WILL tell you is that you should wear outfits that make YOU feel good.

…And if you’re sick of everything in your closet already, you don’t have to leave your house to get clothes from Le Tote. Just sayin’.

Ok, enough of my blabbering, here are 7 work-from-home looks I put together with Le Tote pieces

1. Flare Hem Sweater, Jeans and a Cuff Bracelet

2. Black Sweater and Floral Trousers

3. Tie Neck Blouse and Jeans

4. Boxy Ribbed Sweater with Charm Necklace and Boots

5. Yellow Cardigan and Printed Pleated Skirt

6. Red Tunic with Gold Locket and Jeans

7. Floral Peplum Button Down under a Cardigan with Skinnies

Which look is your favorite? 3 and 4 probably felt the most like me, but 5 was a lot of fun! Also, shout out to all those snaps where I’m in socks! Not wearing shoes is probably my favorite perk of working from home. 🙂

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P.S. Since I know this is a concern these days, here is info on Le Tote’s cleaning process.