Would you be happier working from home?
It’s a no-brainer question for most people. Some immediately say they would jump at the chance while others say they would never want that arrangement. Some moms understandingly enjoy the outside, adult interaction that the workplace provides. Having a reason to put on nice clothes and leave the house is yet another common reason cited as many people tend to think of those who work from home as sitting inside all day in their jammies all day long. (I would say the opposite is true.)
However, according to a recent survey, telecommuters are in general happier and healthier people, which in turn, means better parents.
Here are the specific ways that telecommuting helps parents, according to the study:
Happier and healthier: When asked to draw comparisons, telecommuters say their stress levels have dropped 25 percent on average since working from home. Seventy-three percent even say they eat healthier when working from home.
More loyal: Without the trek to the office on average, a 75-mile round-trip for respondents 76 percent of telecommuters are more willing to put in extra time on work and say they are more loyal to their company since telecommuting.
Better balanced: More than 80 percent say they now maintain a better work-life balance.
Once you have kids, career goals tend to shift. Even moms that prefer working out of an office, often tend to seek out more flexible work schedules when they become mothers so they have a quality home life. If you would like to telecommute, I’d encourage you to seek out ways that you can in your given field by joining online groups, networking with work from home moms, and asking any telecommuting mom they know how they do it.
I left a very toxic work environment about two years ago with no definite plan (not the smartest thing) but managed to find enough writing and editing gigs to be able to work from home fulltime. I wouldn’t trade it for anything and I doubt I would ever go back to a fulltime office setting until my youngest child is older. Working from home has enabled me to have a much more active social life than when I was holed up in my Manhattan office, attached at the hip to my computer when I finally did get home finishing up my 80-hour workweek, and commuting 3 hours per day. It also allows me attend to every school event or household emergency without having to take a sick day. But best of all, it gives me the chance to excel in a field that I truly love and work with talented professionals that I’m proud to call colleagues.
So am I healthier and happier? You can bet on it!
Thinking of a transition? Consider these Pros and Cons of being a Work-at-Home-Mom!
Read Danielle’s blog Just Write Mom.