We've talked a lot about ergonomics (hence the name "ergoblog"), but I came across an article on home office "eco-nomics" (stress on ecological/environmental benefits more than economical) that was interesting. It talks about the perks of working at home. The article says "Stay-at-home workers increase their personal time and reduce their environmental impact by foregoing a commute and using extra space at home (thereby saving resources that go into a traditional office)." Since a couple of the benefits they mention could also reduce stress, they seemed worth pointing out here:
When you have a home office...
- You can create a healthy workspace by taking measures such as using nontoxic wall paint and installing compact fluorescent light bulbs.
- Instead of quaffing coffee and vending machine food, you can stock your fridge with nutritional snacks.
- Because you choose your hours, you can run errands (grocery shopping, working out, etc.) during non-peak times and avoid rush hour stresses.
- (adding one of mine) You have the freedom to set up your office with ergonomic gear such as a keyboard, chair, and desk that fits juuuust right.
Sold on working from home yet? Now all you have to do is okay it with your boss...
Source: "Home Office Eco-nomics" in the Nov/Dec 2005 issue of Natural Home & Garden