Over the last year and a half, many Americans have become accustomed to home offices. Now that things are opening up, some are wondering why they have to go back to an office environment.
Here are four reasons that an office provides a better space for work than your home:
- Communication: According to the 2020 State of Business Communication Report, employees vastly prefer face-to-face communication to any other method of interaction. In an office environment, the ability to ask coworkers quick questions, check in with management, or even just provide support are plentiful. And you don’t have to rely on fickle video conferencing apps!
- Designated work space: When work life infiltrates home life, it can cause problems in family relationships and workers’ own psyche. So when your home is your workspace, it can create issues with separating personal and professional life. When working at an office, there is a start and end to the day, and employees are able to separate each part of their lives.
- Equipment: Computers, printers, internet, and other tools necessary to do one’s job are expensive and, if not paid for by the company, can run up a pretty high tab. When in an office, an employee has access to technology to support their work.
- Distractions: Offices may be distracting in their own ways, but a home environment can be even worse. Pets, children, neighbors, or even just knowing that a warm bed or television are steps away can make it difficult to get things done, therefore causing a worker to be inefficient.