I think about all the times I stood out in the freezing cold waiting for the bus. I think about the time when the wind whipped up and it started pouring rain one morning on my way to the bus stop, leaving me soaking wet from head to toe. When I got to the office, I went into the restroom stall and took off all my clothes to wring the water out of my underwear. I think about the time my connecting bus never arrived during a blizzard, how I waited outside in the snow and cold, blowing wind for 45 minutes until I walked to a pay phone to call work and say I wouldn't make it in that day. I think about the cost of commuting to and from an office I didn't want to go to. I think about the colds and other illnesses I used to get often from others, how sickness would work its way from one person to another through the office, about people sneezing and coughing on the bus.
At home you have a clean, private bathroom. You have a kitchen with food in it. You have a warm bed if you want to lay down or if you are not feeling well. Instead of spending one or two hours a day commuting, you can spend that extra time as you please. The inconvenience, cost, and hassle of working away from home should be enough motivation for anybody working at home. That's why it saddens me to see companies ending work from home privileges for employees.
On the other hand, you lack human interaction working from home. When I worked in an office, people would say "hi" to me all day long. Some mornings, I could have 5 or 10 people say "hi" to me from the time I entered the lobby until I got to my desk. Each time someone said "hi" to me, I had to look up from the floor to answer back, pulling me out of my little daydream world I existed in. I tired of people saying "hi" to me. But working from home, you start to miss the days when you would be engaged in conversation by someone at the copy machine or in the break room. Or going out after work for drinks.
It is -12 Fahrenheit (-24 Celsius) and windy where I am now. Public schools are cancelling classes today to keep the kids at home where it is warm. On a day like today, there is no way I would want to work away from home.