Benefits of Working From Home You Didn't Know You Needed
The home office market is expanding nowadays which means that more people prefer to work remotely rather than in the office buildings. While some believe that having a home office leads to counter-productivity, the research that has been done claims that there are many benefits that come with creating your own working space.
The current rapidly increasing growth of the home office market means only one thing: more people start to work from home these days. A recent study done by Buffer indicates that 99% of current remote workers would like to work remotely, at least some of the time, for the rest of their careers. While some might see this as a blurring of boundaries between home and work life, having a home office brings a lot of benefits.
Economic Benefit of Home Office
While many might not know this, but all the expenses on the home office can be tax-deductible. This means that the equipment purchased to be used in the working space can be deducted later from the taxes. Essentially, even the decor elements are considered tax-deductible when used in the home office, which allows some investments to be made into decoration. However, before going crazy with equipment purchases do check the tax policies of the country that you work in. For instance, in the Netherlands, the business space has to be separate from the living space. Only the office that has, separate entrance, separate toilet facilities, and could be rented to a third party is eligible for the cost deduction. Additionally, there is a home business deductions calculator available that helps to check which costs can be deducted.
Psychological Benefit of Home Office
For some people, working from home might seem highly counter-productive. While at first, it can be hard to stick to the routine, approaching your tasks with solid work ethics can quickly ease down the whole process. In general, there are many other stimuli’s that can prompt the working process. One of them is organizing your external space. The fact that the decor expenses are tax-deductible allows more people to be creative in the setup of their home office. Interestingly, adjusting an office space has shown to help with workers' mood and mental health. There are many possible modifications that can be added to the home office and, in turn, create a more pleasing environment. For instance, an Exeter University study found that bringing plants into the office can increase productivity. Apparently, workers were “15 percent more productive” when there were plants in the office. Colors used in decor also play an important role. A study by the University of Texas found that gray, beige, and white offices caused feelings of depression and sadness, especially in women; other studies likewise showed that colors increase our sense of happiness and productivity. Lastly, incorporating art pieces into the home office also brings certain valuable benefits. A study from the British Council for Offices found that over 90% of employees believe that featuring art prominently in the workplace boosts overall productivity, while 86% of those surveyed explicitly agreed that art is “more relevant than ever”.
Since a lot of us are self-isolating at the moment, this opportunity can be used as a way to awaken your inner interior designer and put some soul into decorating your home office. Art pieces are a great addition to any office and, besides, bring numerous psychological benefits to them. In addition, a lot of helpful information regarding designing your home office can be freely accessed on the online forums.
Although there are many controversies regarding working from home, having a home office, as was explained in this blog, brings numerous benefits. It is important to remember that your office reflects what your business stands for, so make sure to spend a bit of time and effort during this quarantine period to add some personal touch to your working space
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