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In today’s digitized, online, fast-paced world it’s not unusual to have employees who work from home on occasion.  

Not to be confused with ‘remote work’ where an employee is working from home all the time, nor ‘Freelancing’ where the individual is an independent contractor running their own business from home.

Work From Home Day celebrates those days where office workers get the opportunity to avoid the commute and work from home for a day.

History of Work From Home Day

Taking your work home with you is something that’s been going on as long as there have been people engaged in any form of trade or commerce.  

We’ve always heard tales of the boss who comes home and spends time pouring over the books or takes their work on vacation with them, or who expects their employees to do the same.

The introduction of the internet has done nothing to slow these events from happening, but they have started making them more common and less ‘extra time spent working’ and more ‘getting to avoid your commute’.

There’s a lot of great opportunities for employee and employer alike in having Work From Home Days, including flexibility for employees who have loved ones they care for who fall sick, have appointments in the middle of the day, or who have reasons of their own for needing a day away from the office without costing themselves a days wages.  

Work From Home Day’s can be given as a reward for great performance, as an alternative to a sick day, or just as part of standard practice if the employee’s job doesn’t require them to be in the office all the time.

How to Celebrate Work From Home Day

How one celebrates Work From Home Day has a lot to do with the position they hold in their company.  If you’re the person in charge you may want to take some time to examine the way your company and industry works and see if there’s an opportunity to allow some of your employees to work from home on occasion.  

If instead, you’re an employee at such an institution, perhaps try speaking to your leadership and fellow employees to see if it would be possible to institute such a program at your business.

Work From Home Day’s provides an opportunity for flexibility that can help raise the morale of your employees, avoid lost productivity, and provide solutions for those going through temporary hardships.