4 Ways to Take Advantage of Job Benefits While Working From Home
It's been over a year since the world shut down, but now that it's (slowly) starting to open back up, many companies are still operating remotely. These days, 71 percent of Americans are working from home—and over half of them say they want to continue WFH even after the pandemic, according to PEW Research. Working from home has given many people the flexibility they need, and has even made them more productive according to the same PEW Research survey. (And hey, if you're a pet owner, your pet has probably never been happier.)
But office happy hours have turned into endless Zoom calls, and the days of catered lunches, free snacks, using the company gym, and other office amenities seem like a thing of the past. If you're new to working remotely, you might find yourself needing some support with how to focus at home, as well as drawing boundaries between work and your personal life. Since many companies are still adjusting to having employees work remotely (it's only been a year, after all), you and your coworkers may need to talk to your HR department to implement changes that are more conducive to remote work.
Whether you plan on working from home long-term or just until your company calls you back to brick and mortar, here are some ways to take advantage of company benefits that will help you save money and maybe even get the work-life balance you need.
Working remotely has been a whole new world for many companies and employees. Some have transitioned smoothly, while others are still figuring it out. Make the most of your company's benefits by knowing your options and advocating for your needs.