After recent history-making events, the acronym WFH is being thrown around more than ever before. While it’s extremely common to see nowadays, there may still be some confusion. WFH stands for work from home. For some, it’s just a three-letter acronym but for others, it’s a dream come true.
What’s it Like to Work From Home?
It’s pretty stinking awesome, to say the least! Working from home has many upsides. Feel free to ditch the suit and dress clothes. Get used to wearing sweat-shorts and a t-shirt, except for the occasional Zoom meeting, but who knows what you’re wearing below the camera anyway? Heck- you can even work in the same clothes you slept in since your commute is about 15 steps from your bed to the home office. If you really like to live on the edge, your home office might even be your bed! Although, I really don’t recommend this.
Snacks are always just a walk across the house away, and you don’t have to worry for a second about packing them. I hated when I would pack food or drinks for work and by the time my lunch break came around they were already lukewarm.
Have a furry friend? How does it sound to have them cuddle on your lap all day while you crank away at your work?
These are just some of the reasons many workers prefer working from home as opposed to working from the office. Believe it or not, even with all of these luxuries most people’s productivity increases when they work from home!
Where Did WFH Originate?
Surprisingly enough, the concept of working from home actually predates working in an office building. Back in the very beginning of civilization, everyone worked from home to sustain their families. There was no need at the time for central buildings to be built because the concept of trade had not even entered the realm of humanity. Even when early man began to trade, most work was still done “from home” because commuting was kept to a minimum. Fast forward as time went on and technology progressed, people started building specifics rooms in their homes to work, such as a kitchen, tannery, or dressmaking workshop. In fact, it was not until industrialization that people started working in common places with other people as it was more efficient for mass production.
However, since then and even before Covid-19 shook the world, a resurgence of working from home has been taking place. As more and more jobs develop in the virtual space, where a nice home computer is all you need, working from home will become more common and viable. In addition, communication tools such as email, text, Slack, Zoom, and others all allow for effective and easy communication when needed. The two of these factors combine to explain how workers can perform the same tasks at the same productivity level they did in the office, but from anywhere on Earth (and the International Space Station for that matter).
What Could WFH Mean Tomorrow?
The only thing certain about the future is that the world will keep changing. In what ways, we can only make educated guesses. We are certainly likely to see more teleconferencing, potentially with Augmented/Virtual Reality features, such as holograms. But, I suspect that the future will lean more on working from home than working from an office. Home offices will likely become more spacious to accommodate different jobs, multiple family members working under the same roof, etc. They will also likely become more comfortable and welcoming with features that one may want if spending 40+ hours a week there, like an en suite.