Working from home benefits employees and employers

Thursday, May 26th, 2011 By

A two-laptop telecommuting routine is interrupted by a cute puppy face.

If he thinks you can be more productive at home, why isn't your boss on board? (Photo Credit: CC BY-SA/Walter Rumsby/Flickr)

Most people have to work for a living, and sometimes that means being subjected to a program of authoritarian propaganda punctuated by all-too-brief bouts of frantic productivity. Entrepreneurship addresses some of the problem, but it requires burning the midnight oil. What’s left for a lucky few workers is the telecommuting option. Working remotely has its benefits – for you and your company.

Why some companies frown on working from home

Among employers that take a sour view of working remotely, the predominant reason for not liking it is the potential for distraction. This standard decoy stance assumes that employee productivity will drop significantly when such things as a couch and television are available. Yet it’s simple to argue that the chatter of collected masses, annoyance of the overly watchful supervisory eye, sea of disorganized meetings and dearth of comfortable surroundings are far more distracting than anything outside the office.

Telecommuting has its benefits

  • Increased production – The best thing for a worker – particularly someone in a creative field – is large blocks of uninterrupted time. So long as you have a dedicated workspace at home, you can make this happen. If you need to socialize to stay happy, meet at a bar after work. Team building over tequila has its benefits.
  • Increased documentation – Because telecommuters aren’t in the office, they have to document their work in order to remain above board. When employers can see the tangible work you’ve produced, you earn the right to continue receiving a paycheck.
  • Efficient use of tools – Communication via instant message during working hours for work-related topics should be sufficient. If security is an issue, set up a VPN or similar network.
  • Trust – When employers trust that employees can produce without constant supervision, it raises employee morale.
  • Living a normal life – The 9 to 5, 40-plus-hour schedule is unnatural and damaging to a person’s physical and mental health. Most executives find ways to leave the office at nearly any time of the day if they have errands to run. The same cannot be said for most workers. All workers should have the same rights, so long as daily work requirements are met.

How working from home benefits companies

Companies spend huge amounts of money on building, renting, adapting and furnishing large offices. This 20th century relic is far from cost efficient. When trusted employees get the job done remotely, the corporate office doesn’t have to suffer from corporate bloat.

Sources

Christian Heilmann’s Blog

ReadWrite Enterprise

VPN Wiki

How to make work work: Leave the office

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