Iowa Is One Of The Worst States For Working At Home
At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, people around the entire world had to learn to adjust to a new way of living. Businesses had to adjust work hours, parents had to adjust work hours, and students had to learn from home. It's pretty strange to look back on 2020 and really think about how the entire world had to adjust to a new, strange way of life at that time. Isn't it weird to imagine stores actually running out of toilet paper?
Other than the disease itself, one of the toughest parts about that time was businesses trying to remain open and keep all of their employees. Many businesses started using Teams or Skype to conduct meetings and many businesses had no choice but to allow people to work from their homes. There are a lot of people who still work from home to this day.
I've never been a fan of working from home, I like to try and keep my home life separate from my work life as much as I can. I also might be in the minority with that opinion. I know a lot of people who love rolling out of bed and walking to their computers to get their day started. It definitely saves them some gas money and travel time. It turns out that the state of Iowa isn't the best state for home workers. In fact, it's one of the worst.
Wallet Hub conducted a study on the best states to work from home and for Iowans, it's pretty rough. According to their study, "the best work-from-home conditions include low cost, reasonable comfort, and a high level of security."
If you want to work remotely, the conditions mainly depend on where you live, internet costs, and cybersecurity. The state of Iowa is the 6th worst state in America for those who work from home.
I had originally guessed Iowa's lack of internet providers might play a major factor in why the Hawkeye State ranks so low but it turns out that's not the case. It's definitely a factor but it's not why Iowa ranks near the bottom of the country. Iowa received a score of 49 out of 51 when it comes to "living environment."
The study used 12 key metrics that included how large and how crowded homes are in each state, as well as the included internet factors.
Working from home is something I've never been a fan of and it's hopefully something I never have to do again. If you love working from home, that's awesome. There are definitely benefits to being able to make a paycheck from the comfort of your home office space. It turns out that in the state of Iowa, you might be better off heading into the office on a regular basis.