Global Work From Home Day is a day that is observed and celebrated worldwide on April 10 every year. Remote work is not a new concept and existed long before the digital age, but the industrial revolution saw an increased number of people working collectively in offices, warehouses, and other places. Getting up early in the morning and commuting to work to spend at least nine hours became the norm, so when more and more people started choosing jobs that gave them the ability to work from home, and the digitization of jobs became widespread, it all created a frenzy around remote working.
History of Global Work From Home Day
Remote work existed long before it was romanticized globally. It was the normal routine for traders to put up their wares at home and advertise for their services and be called upon rather than visit a centralized space where their services were sought after. This was interrupted and broken down by the Industrial revolution’s introduction of factories and office buildings.
The industrial revolution created the need for offices. People started leaving the comfort of their homes to commute to and from these offices at an appointed time every day for years to come. However, with the advancement in technology, the stressful nature of commutes and the lack of fulfillment from a regular job became glaring so much that they influenced most people’s decision to go back to working from home. Telecommuting made it easy as most people realized their job did not require their physical presence and they could escape the monotony of their daily commutes. Working gradually shifted from office cubicles to zoom calls and meetings. Most people have blurred the work-life balance. Every transition comes with its advantages and disadvantages, but for most, the advantages of working from home outweigh its cons.
Global Work From Home Day gives both the employer and the employee most especially full-time offices the opportunity to experience the advantageous side of working from home. The general idea behind it is to highlight the freedom, discipline, and responsibility required to make working from home work. For those who are yet to transition, today is the perfect day to practice and see how well you cope.
Global Work From Home Day timeline
Centralized workplaces were established towards the end of the Industrial Revolution.
Jack Nilles, a NASA engineer coined the term "telecommuting” which became the practice of working from home.
IBM engages five of its employees to work from home as part of an experiment.
A rise in information technology increases the number of startups founded in houses.
Global Work From Home Day FAQs
How can I focus on work?
Working from home as convenient as it sounds, can be very distracting and counterproductive depending on the approach you take. Setting clear goals, minimizing distractions, and creating a quiet workspace will help you focus on your work.
Is work from home worth it?
With the right environment and routine, working from home is totally worth it.
What do I need to work from home ?
You need everything you have at your work office, minus the employees; a good network connection, work equipment, and a clear workspace.
Global Work From Home Day Activities
Work from home
The number one thing you can do to celebrate this day is to actually work from home, but if working from home is not easy or convenient for you, look for tips to stay organized and make the best of your home office.
Re-organize your space
If you are one of the many people with designated spaces in their homes as offices, use this opportunity to declutter your table, purchase a new item that will make your work easier, and a painting or plant for aesthetics.
Share a tip on social media
Contrary to general belief, working from home is not as easy as it seems and most people struggle to keep up. If you find it easier than others, share a couple of tips on social media to help those struggling.
5 Facts About Working From Home
Makes pay cut look attractive
Most people do not mind taking pay cuts if they will have the opportunity of working remotely.
It is more healthy
It gives employees the ability to lead more productive and less stressful lifestyles.
People are rushing it
People want to experience working from home irrespective of their designations.
Employee turn-over rate
Work-from-home perks give productive outputs and low employee turnover.
The digitization of job roles has influenced the growth of the remote workforce.
Why We Love Global Work From Home Day
Spend more time with family
Family time is golden. Unlike before when we had to wait for weekends or public holidays before we could spend quality time with our families, working from home has changed that. It has allowed us to even go as far as plan and attend family trips while maintaining productivity at work.
Be more productive
The hustle and bustle of the office can easily throw you off balance. This is why most people carry work home, they find their best ideas, and work is done within the quiet walls of their home. Working from home has been linked to improved output and productivity.
No more commutes
Say goodbye to early morning run-arounds trying to catch the train, now the most people do is run a hand through their hair and clear their voice to get the sleepy slur out of it. You can get ready and be at work in five minutes!
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