Jurassic World: Why Working From Home May Be a Good Idea After All
If you have been considering leaving your job to start working from home, here’s why making this move may be a smart thing to do.
So, you thought working on a tropical island was a dream come true and scoring that job as a park ranger in the most popular amusement park was like winning a lottery? Suddenly all your friends took notice of you again (asking for free tickets) and you felt like a hero in a movie. You got to play with dinosaurs and be paid for it and most of your colleagues were fun, well perhaps except for the bossy operation manager. Everything seemed just great. Until things got a bit out of hand…
Here are four lessons, we learnt from the Jurassic World movie about the benefits of working from home:
Work from home & avoid commuting
Getting to and from a remote tropical island takes time, even if you are lucky to get a lift in the company’s helicopter. During bad weather days when flying or travelling by boat is simply not safe enough, you may well find yourself stranded and unable to leave your workplace. However, you don’t have to work at a remote tropical island to have to commute to work every day.
Research shows that in 2014, commuters in the UK used on average 54 minutes to get to work and some 1.8 million Britons needed three hours and more. To top it off, a survey done by the Office for National Statistics showed that people travelling to work longer than 30 minutes are less happy, feel less satisfied with their lives and have higher anxiety than those who commute less or not at all. Therefor if you work from home you'll get rid of the annoying commuting (other than down to you home office) and be more happy as a person!
Work from home & be your own boss
Even if your boss looks like Bryce Dallas Howard, having to put up with a senior manager, who does not share your views and only cares about the bottom line, can be frustrating. In particularly stressful moments, this frustration can escalate into aggressive outbursts (often targeted at innocent bystanders such as colleagues, clients or family and friends).
Launching your own business can, on the other hand, be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling things you can do. Give yourself permission to explore what YOU want and do it your way. Your productivity will most likely skyrocket while your stress levels will plummet. And that's a good thing. Cause if you experience high levels of stress for long periods of time, your health will suffer. Chronic stress has been proven to cause headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety. So avoid stress and the diseases induced, and work from home!
Work from home & avoid distractions
Distraction is one of the top productivity killers whether you work in the City of London or on an island full of supposedly extinct animals, some of which can be pretty vicious (if you ask me). In 2011, organizational psychologist Matthew Davis found that open space offices undermine workers’ attention spans, productivity, creative thinking, and satisfaction. Perhaps it’s no surprise that in such conditions, someone would come up with such a ‘smart idea’ as to fiddle with the DNA of multiple dinosaurs to create a new tourist attraction.
So, if you are someone who likes to get things done and at the same time want to enjoy your life with family and friends, consider creating your own home office instead and work from your own quite home.
Work from home & be in charge of your schedule
When you are your own boss and work from the comfort of your home office, you are ultimately in charge of your work day and can schedule your tasks as you see fit. Beware though, working from home is not for everyone. It requires a great amount of accountability and focus.
On the flip side, you won’t have to work overtime to fix mistakes of colleagues from other departments anymore. So, if they have a genetically engineered Indominus Rex going berserk, they can go hunt it down in the middle of the night themselves. You'll watch a movie made about it later from the comfort of your home.
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