Working from home is a new normal.
69% of us have been working from home over the last year, and 77% agree that always having the option to work from home in the future will make us happier employees.
And happier employees translate to more productive employees—one report showing an increase in productivity of 47%.
But there are other factors that affect work-from-home happiness and productivity other than simply the ability to work from home.
Here are 5 work-from-home benefits you’ll love if you work from home in National Village:
When working from home, internet bandwidth (how much can happen at once) and speed (how fast it can happen) are key. And with video meetings up 50%, a fast and reliable internet connection is even more important than ever. At National Village, our internet (thanks to being in Opelika—Alabama’s first Gig City) is 100% high speed fiber optic, clocking some of the fastest internet speeds in the country. Regular broadband internet claims speeds of up to 17Mbps, while fiber optic internet can do up to 70Mbps. Fiber optic internet is not only faster, but more reliable with less downtime than cable internet—providing a stronger connection for all National Village homeowners.
Throwing a laptop on the dining room table or carrying it from room to room is one way to work from home, but it’s not ideal. To be the most productive, you need to have your tools together in a dedicated space. Think about your kitchen. All the supplies you need are in the same location. It would be much harder to cook a meal if the stove was in the living room and your measuring cups were in a bathroom (gross, too).
Having a dedicated home office space is just as important. Many homes at National Village come with a den or home office built right into their design, while others have plenty of room to set aside a defined home office space. You’ll always have room to work from home at National Village.
Just because you work from home doesn’t mean you never get out of the house. Sometimes, when things are safe again, physically in-person meetings will revive some of their importance to business. National Village is close to four major city centers in two different states, ensuring a personal connection is easily at hand.
Of course, Auburn is right next door and Birmingham a little over two hours away. From National Village, it’s only about 40 minutes to Columbus, GA, and about 1.5 hours to Atlanta, GA. That also means you have easy access to regional airports (Columbus Metropolitan and Montgomery Regional) and international airports (Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International and Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International) for any business travel farther away from your National Village home office.
National Village has exceptional amenities that become even more valuable when you work from home. Of course, they are great ways to burn off some steam and get some exercise, sunlight, and fresh air—but it’s more than that. Along with our 4,200 square foot tropical paradise with three pools, waterfalls, and fire pits, National Village homeowners have free access to the Short Course (and discounted fees for the Links and Lake courses) at the championship-caliber Grand National Golf Course.
Privileges are also afforded at Auburn Marriott Opelika Resort & Spa at Grand National, which gives you access to more pools, a fitness room, the Fairway Sports Bar, tennis & pickleball courts, guest rooms, and expansive conference facilities. Now, imagine how a visiting contact or associate would regard your situation. With your connections to all these jaw-dropping amenities, your business guests will be treated like royalty and leave extremely impressed. Sometimes, it really is about who you know, you know?
There is a special peace associated with being outside, and many health benefits associated with spending time outdoors. At National Village, the “great outdoors” are literally all around you. Whether you want to spend time in our community’s 300 acres of green space or almost 10 miles of nature trails, there is plenty of room get back in touch with nature.
Add to that the 600-acre Saugahatchee Lake and 4 smaller community-stocked lakes, and you can also boat and fish to your heart’s content. Plus, you’ll never need to worry about the landscaping, since National Village takes care of landscape maintenance for common greens and private homes. You’ll feel refreshed, worry-free, and ready to return to work… from home.
National Village is THE place to live if you work from home. Make sure to take advantage of all our community has to offer if you live and work here. If you don’t live here yet, give us a call and schedule a tour today!