Many Americans are workaholics, and even when we do take vacations or other paid time off, many of us work when we are supposed to be relaxing. According to a Glassdoor survey, 40 percent of employees reported taking 25 percent or less of their eligible time off. Some people are just too busy to take time off, while others avoid taking time off because they fear for their jobs.
In addition to taking less time off than is given, many Americans work more hours than they are required to, and even work at home. So for some people, the idea of actually working less hours — or changing one’s work schedule from a traditional 40 hour plus week — is daunting. Surprisingly though, changing your work schedule can sometimes actually save you money. Here are four options for changing your schedule might cut costs or save you money.
1. Work from home
Working from home isn’t for everyone; if you are easily distracted, it might be difficult to work at home. Still, there are ways to fight distractions: having an actual area designated as your home office can help, as can having a to-do list and setting deadlines. Working from home can help you save money because you won’t have to spend as much on gas for your commute, on lunch meetings or eating-out, and you might even need less work clothing. Even if you can work from home a few days a week, you will save money. If you are able to completely work from home or own your own business, you can also save money that way, but your business will have to be successful in order for you to cut costs if you are leaving a profitable job.