Working From Home Can Be Both Good and Bad
By Stephen R. Farris
Over the last couple of years, many major companies have allowed a majority of their employees to work from home. This trend seems to be spreading to more than just the major players as the medium to smaller market businesses are also experimenting with the idea of work-from-home.
Working from home has many benefits, along with some disadvantages. The benefits may include:
- Doing your work while still in bed
- Working in your pajamas or sweat pants
- Taking breaks anytime you feel like it
- Being home with the kids and pets
- You don't have to spend hours commuting in traffic
Disadvantages could range from:
- You're unable to see your fellow co-workers in person
- Subject to possible power outages or slow internet speeds
- Having lunch with your co-workers
- Inability to meet with clients in person
These are just a few of the benefits and disadvantages, but there are plenty more from both that could be argued.
The main priorities we should consider while working from home should be setting up a quiet place to work with the least amount of distractions. We shouldn't forget about staying fit either. A few rules we should follow is to maintain our professionalism. Other things to consider include sticking with your normal routine of getting up on time, being prepared for the work day, such as:
- Stretching and doing some type of exercise upon waking up
- Take a shower and get dressed (even if it's sweatpants and a T-shirt)
- Eat a healthy breakfast
- Make sure your workspace is ergonomically set up to endure the day
- Keep a schedule and stick to it
- Don't snack all day
- Move around often
You should always keep your health in mind, as well as your mental health too. It's very easy to let yourself go by eating poorly and not getting enough exercise. Being at home on a daily basis can also lead to anxiety and depression so don't shut out the outside world, just stay informed of what's going on. Take in some news on a daily basis, even if it's just skimming over the headlines.
Talk to your local chiropractor if you have questions concerning your overall health and mental well-being while working from home. He/she may have a few tips and suggestions that can help. Plus, if you're feeling pain in your back, neck and joints, they can help give you relief for those too.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Tex.