Your coworker updated their status on Slack with the abbreviation, WFH -- they even included an emoji of a house. But, what does WFH mean?According to the Global State of Remote Work, 40% of companies are hybrid -- meaning they allow their employees to work in the office or remotely. Since more and more companies are allowing remote work, WFH is becoming a popular acronym.
Let's dive in and learn the meaning of WFH and why it's important for people who work remotely!
WFH stands for work from home or working from home, depending on how it's used in a sentence. The acronym is used in messaging tools (e.g., Slack, instant messaging, text message) to communicate they're working remotely.
WFH means an employee is working from their house, apartment, or place of residence, rather than working from the office. Many companies have a WFH policy, or remote work policy, that allows their employees to work from home either full-time or when it's most convenient for them.
Video conferencing tools and collaborative technology make it easy for coworkers to communicate and stay in touch, no matter their geographical location. There are even WFH jobs that are completely remote, so workers work from home every day. Employees who WFH often have a home office or designated workspace where they're able to focus and be productive.
Let's say your company has a work from home policy. How do you know which days are best for you to WFH?
The right answer will depend from person to person, but companies, like Doximity, have found the WFH Wednesdays are the most beneficial for workers and employers. Having a WFH day in the middle of the week helps break up the week, keep employees engaged, and prevents a midweek slump. If you're struggling to decide if you should work from home or not, this flowchart will help you make a decision.
There are a few key benefits of working from home (WFH). Employees who WFH often have a better work-life balance and often are more because they don't spend time commuting into the office and can get their work done quicker in a focused environment. Plus, WFH provides environmental benefits.
Ready to see the benefits for yourself? Check out this video that compares the workday of a WFH employee, and an employee who works from the office.
As people work from home more frequently, they'll rely on WFH to communicate that they're working remotely. Looking for more? Learn about telecommuting and how it helps remote workers next.