A Work-From-Home Mini Manifesto

As an Apartment Therapy contributor and design addict, I'm pretty sensitive to my living and working environments. Right around the time Yahoo's Marissa Mayer banned employees working from home, I was asking my boss if I could work from home a couple of days a week.

I got to the point where I couldn't handle the 2.5 hours of commuting every day, which entailed three forms of transportation. I also work in a windowless, privacy-less area with fluorescent lighting, which is the closest thing to hell for me.

She understood my work-space issues and obliged until she could find a better spot for me. Since then, I feel so much happier, healthier, and more pleasant to be around. Before 9am, I am able to workout, throw in some laundry, and shower in the time it takes me to race through city traffic to get to my office.

My desk faces a sunny Bay window (that opens unlike office windows) and looks out to my pretty San Francisco neighborhood. I still work very hard and find I'm much more creative without the constant distraction of other employees "knocking" on my cube. I eat much healthier too when I can cook lunch at home and find that I don't stress-snack like I do in the office. I am also saving on commuter costs.

It might not be for everyone and I wouldn't need it every day (working from home every day can start to feel isolating for me) but I do think employers need to look at the individual and meet the needs of those who perform well but are more sensitive to their environments. In fact, a recent study of the National Bureau of Economic Research found that employees who work from home are 13% more productive.

Do you work from home? What benefits/drawbacks have you seen?

MORE ON WORKING FROM HOME ON APARTMENT THERAPY:
Separating Life From Work When You Work From Home
10 Tips for Successfully Working from Home
Making it Work: Working From Home With Kids
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(Image: Jason Loper)

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Theresa Gonzalez is a San Francisco-based editor, writer and designer. She focuses on minimal, environmental design and DIY, and teaches sewing online at nicolesclasses.com.