Can you picture it? Imagine, waking up, getting a cup of coffee and strolling over to your computer at home. Logging onto it and start working, while the whole time you’re sitting in your pajamas. Ahh.. the beauty of working from a home office. Not a dream for some, more of a reality.
In the United States alone, about 10% of people who work, have or had worked from home at least once a week. While those who’s mainly work from home has increased over the past decades from 2.3% in 1980’s to 4.3% by the end of 2010. Though positions that allowed workers to work from home in the 80’s were usually jobs that were low-skilled, now range from sales assistants, to managers with a wide range of salaries.
Throughout this trend of companies allowing workers to work from home, some are pulling away from this idea. Despite, the large number of innovative software and computer programs which allow working from home easier and better than ever before. Yahoo, a multinational internet corporation, informed their workers last week that working from home will no longer be an option.
There are plenty benefits of telecommuting, in addition to some draw backs. Academic research shows that working from home tends to work best in limited doses. Ben Waber, a scientist at the MIT’s Media Lab, President and CEO of Sociometric Solutions stated “If you are telecommuting once a week, it’s basically the same as working face to face all the time.” Though Waber did also point out that working more time away from the office can lead to a performance drop. Not all positions in a company would be able to benefit from this type of practice, such as employees who have to collaborate with others in order to perform better with more face to face time.
For example, MIT did a Human behavior study at a Bank Of America call center in Rhode island. They monitored test subjects on who and how long they interacted with co-workers for a month and six weeks. Their results where interesting, the individuals who talked to more co-workers were getting through calls faster, felt less stressed and had the same approval ratings as their peers. Casually talking about issues and coming up with solutions, yielded better results than following the employee handbook. At the same Call center they tried another experiment. Instead of having staggered coffee breaks for employees, they set their breaks together to allow more interaction with each other. Which in turn created more production out of their employees.
“Even with tasks that seem very independent, face-to-face communications does have a positive influence,” stated Waber.
You can go both ways when it comes to having a company allowing employees to work from home or work out of the office; there is a fine line. Ultimately, the employee work ethic and their own personal social level, in addition and their capability to manage their time effectively whether at home or within the office. Another study done by Stanford University last year 2012, had similar results as the one MIT held in 2012. Except, the study dealt with employees primarily working from home.
Collaboration technology has improved from previous years and not showing any signs of stopping. More and more employers are finding ways to save money on office space by allowing workers to work from home. With the advances of video conferencing, instant messaging, and social networks, working from home/remotely is getting easier day by day.
There’s no question that working from home would be great, though would the benefits be worth wild? Would you work from home if you had the chance to do so? Let us know what you think about this.
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