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?

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