First, let’s start with the good news. National Geographic fellow and author of Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way, Dan Buettner, found that not commuting to work produces the equivalent of a $40k pay raise.
Call me crazy but that stat alone could (and should) easily be both the title and the entire argument for teleworking. I could stop here and go back to my day job, but I’ve got the time to elaborate since I’m not spending 2 hours in the car today just to get to and from the office.
Another survey found that the majority of workers would give up a 10% pay raise if they were able to work 2-3 days a week from home. I believe that I’ve now caught the attention of the bosses as well as the workers…
Many people worry that by working from home they will miss all the important stuff going on in the office, get ignored, or overlooked for the next big promotion. Of course, we have an answer to that. Video communication allows people to have a seat at the table, without actually having to sit at the table. So you can attend those important meetings, get your message across and be part of the team without having to damage your health during your commute. Not to mention that lots of studies prove that teleworkers get way more work done. A story for another day.
Of course, there’s another alternative. Simply move next door to the office, which is exactly what previous generations did. After all, if you assumed, as many people did, that you would work for the same company, at the same location for your whole career then it was a completely logical thing to do.
However, the world has changed. Most people now change jobs far more regularly and few of us are prepared to move every time we change employers. Not only is it a hassle, but having our kids hate us because they changed schools is simply more than we can bare. It’s simply easier to suck it up and get on the freeway at dark thirty, and get home at dark o’clock.
Well there is another way and it is as simple as adopting new technology and changing the way we see the world.
Oh, but, here’s the bad news. Many people are surprisingly resistant to change. My recommendation? Let those other people clog up the freeway while you bask in your $40k pay raise.