working at a computer in pjsAs we become more and more plugged in, it becomes easier (and more feasible) to do more from a distance. That’s true of work, phone calls, or just sending information at a moment’s notice. It’s 2016 – you don’t need a fax machine or an uninterrupted phone line; you need a smartphone with decent reception. Add in a home computer with Internet access, and the options are almost endless … and they’re constantly expanding.

Which is why it might not be all that surprising that working from home is becoming more and more common, more accepted, and really, considered a growing norm.

For the workers, that means a lessened (or completely eliminated commute), more convenient hours, a relaxed dress code, and more. Consider coffee just how you like it, every day, no threat of a stolen lunch, and so on. But it’s not just the workers who are getting the good end of the deal; working from home is an ideal setup for companies, too. Allowing workers this freedom increases productivity and morale, all while lowering overhead and daily costs. So long as employees are getting their work done and keeping a high quality of standard, all parties win.

And people are starting to take notice. Stats show that, within five years, 40% — nearly half of workers – will be stationed at home. At least part of the work week, brands are jumping on board to let employees knock out tasks when (and where) it’s convenient for them. In fact, it’s already shown to actually increase output and lower timelines. But, when workers can step into an office vs. traveling to one, why wouldn’t it?

Did we mention just how great it is to knock out a quarter of the workday before even getting dressed?

If you haven’t already tested out the “working from home” method, it might be time to do so. This trend is growing quickly, and has more than enough perks to go along with it.