What is the meaning of WFH? It is an acronym that means “Work From Home.” This acronym is used to describe the process in which people conduct office work while in their homes.

WFH generally applies to white collar and knowledge workers conducting work that is traditionally conducted in an office environment but do this work from their homes, apartments, or vacation properties.

Any work that can be conducted in an office but is conducted from home is technically classified as WFH. For example, a worker who sends emails, checks his or her calendar, speaks with clients, writes documents, or performs work duties – and does these while at home – can be said to be Working From Home (WFH).

The Rise Of WFH

WFH has risen in popularity as people sometimes prefer it to working in a traditional office. Part of the rise in WFH is that popular is because:

  1. You can work in the comforts of your home and earn money from home.
  2. You don’t have to commute to a physical office. This can save you commuting costs (like owning a car).
  3. You can dress more casually.
  4. You can have more flexible working hours.
  5. More time to spend in the presence of those that you live with. This can be of particular benefit to parents and caregivers.
  6. You can make yourself home cooked meals and rely less on eating out as is the custom for many office workers.

As a result of Covid 19, upwards of 80% of the US white collar workforce now works at home. Some jobs don’t lend themselves to WFH. These types of jobs include:

  1. Jobs that require certain physical spaces and tools (i.e. a mechanic or dentist)
  2. Are service based and require more in person interactions (i.e. cutting hair)
  3. WFH doesn’t make sense of the industry (i.e. delivering packages, working in an assembly plant making cars).

What WFH Means For Industries On The Rise

As WFH has become more popular, a string of industries have arisen to help WFH employees perform better work remotely. These services include:

  1. Ergonomic support to help remote workers setup healthy work spaces. 
  2. Furniture and design companies that assist remote workers (for example by assisting people select the best keyboards or monitors).
  3. Mental health professionals who help remote staff feel connected and mentally healthy.

If you want to WFH successfully you need to think holistically about a few different variables. These variables include what types of jobs are available for WFH, your skillset, your career plans, and where and how you plan to work.

Some jobs are fully remote and others are only partially remote which means you would experience both in person and WFH setups.