October 2, 2018 By Jen Mathews
November 16, 2017
Five Ways Working From Home Can Reduce Holiday Stress
Well we are just days away from the unofficial start of the holiday season, Thanksgiving. It’s the most wonderful time of the year…sort of. Right now a lot of people have to work extra hard with looming year-end deadlines and holiday schedules to contend with. More work can mean less sleep, less exercise and less healthy habits, which can lead to some seriously increased stress levels. Also, gift shopping and holiday planning can feel like another full time job. The holidays are an expensive and often overwhelming time of the year. However, a study by Accenture found that 54% of the surveyed workers reported that flexible hours during the holidays would help alleviate workplace stress, while 26% want to telecommute, at least once in a while, until the seasonal rush passes. Fret not. We are here to help! Here are four ways working from home can help reduce stress so you can say goodbye to that holi-daze and hello to a happier, healthier holiday season:
1. Healthy Habits
We aren’t telling you to avoid turkey and mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving, go for it and enjoy the meal! However, studies show exercise is considered vital for maintaining mental fitness, and it can reduce stress. By working at home the commuting time saved can enable you to get in some physical exercise. Go for a long walk before and after work or to join a local gym and spend that hour you would have been stuck in traffic, de-stressing by jogging on a treadmill. It can also be a challenge to stay well when your co-workers are sniffling, sneezing and coughing all around you. Since you’re not surrounded by sickly co-workers on a daily basis while working from home, it’s less likely that you’ll catch a nasty bug going around the office. This means less time laying in bed and more time getting your holiday tasks accomplished.
2. Increase productivity
Noise, particularly those made by other humans, ranks as the No. 1 distraction in the workplace. A study by researchers at Cornell University found that low-level noise in open-office plans can end up increasing stress and decreasing motivation. Once distracted, it takes the average person 23 minutes to get back to the original task.With less stress and interruptions of the workplace you’re left with complete focus on getting your job done! This means more time to find the ugliest of sweaters for your next holiday party!
3. Better work/life balance
For many, the physical proximity to family and the convenience of being at home is tremendously comforting. The flexibility to work remotely gives you the option to travel near or far to be with family, or manage last-minute shopping during your lunch break, which can go a long way to helping reduce holiday stress. Use those saved commuting hours to get more work done and have time left over to spend quality time with the ones you love (and even get around to some gift wrapping).
4. Save money
Everyone knows the holidays can wreak havoc on your wallet. Keep more dough in your pocket by working from home! Not only will you see an immediate difference in your bank account when you don’t need to bear the costs of commuting (save up to $1,120 a year in gas alone!) , but you’ll also find savings in other areas. Goodbye expensive suits and polished shoes– hello smaller wardrobe! Saving on food costs is another huge benefit since you can easily whip up your own lunch and coffee if you work from home.
5. Take a minute to enjoy the holiday season
Not all stress can be avoided, but the holiday season should be a time to find a few moments to have fun and relax. Even if you do have to work mix things up so it’s not all work and no play. Maybe it’s a potluck with coworkers who are also stuck at the office, or something as simple as a quick virtual coffee talk with remote employees. A small effort to remind team members that the holidays should be enjoyed can go a long way. To add even more fun to your join.me meetings we’ve changed our join.mojis to fun and festive Thanksgiving faces. Check out our Turkeys, acorns and more!
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