Healthy Leaders


How to Ensure Healthy Lone Working

Nick FranksNick Franks

Working from home can be amazing: no stress from commuting or rain-soaked work uniforms, plenty of money and precious time saved, and, let’s be honest, working in t-shirt and shorts is incredible.

Suffice to say, working flexibly from home can be a massively positive aspect of your working life, not only for you but also consequently for your employer, family and friends.

But working from home can also be a hugely distracting, counter-productive and unhealthy existence.

Several years ago I worked for an old English Anglican Church smack in the middle of London. Looking after their large worship department, I was placed at a desk in what, at first glance, seemed like a very cool loft space office in the apex of the cavernous building ‒ kind of like a man cave but for work.

When it came to preparing ministry, worship and prayer, this was great. But I quickly discovered that this wasn’t a positive aspect of my working life at all and, occasionally, actually became a very strong negative challenge for me.

In more recent years, I have worked for several different employers in home-based, freelance roles where, again, most of my time has been with just myself ‒ as time has gone on, I have grown rather accustomed to this rhythm of life:

Hence, here are seven tips to help you decide when/if working at home is best for the health of your leadership:

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Nick Franks