Working From Home vs Working In An Office
‘What superhero reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 20 per cent, overcomes gridlock faster than a speeding train, and leaps over distraction barriers in a single bound? Hint: Often seen wearing pajamas while on the job…It’s not a bird. Nor a solar plane…It’s the Telecommuter‘
So, here I sit in my pj`s working at my computer. No stress spent on deciding what to wear to the office.
Though I am not a true telecommuter, I am an entrepreneur with a home-based office. I appreciate the flexible work arrangements that I have. It strengthens my resiliency while running a successful business. Some days I work all day and into the evening. On other days, I may find myself helping out a family member or pulling the weeds from my gardens. This flexibility gives me the balance that I want and need.
The benefits of telecommuting are there not only for the employee but for the employer…
A survey of Transport Canada employees who telecommute three days a week experienced a
- 46% decrease in stress
- 45% increase in job satisfaction
- 30% increase in job productivity
Working from home is the most desired family friendly job perk…
Career Builder Inc. reports 87% of the 1,862 workers they polled were seeking or had sought companies with flexible work arrangements, supportive and understanding of personal and family needs. Four out of five said they expect at least some flexibility when it comes to arranging daily work schedules. Three-fourths said the ability to work from home was their most desired family-friendly job perk.
Other Advantages of Telecommuting…
- Reduces the need to build, operate and maintain costly office buildings and to burn fuel to heat or cool those buildings.
- Telecommuting is competitively superior to forcing employees to sit in traffic.
- It keeps employees productive through rain, snow, hurricanes, floods or earthquakes, while office-based companies grind to a halt.
- Can reduce or eliminate the cost of relocating existing and new employees.
So what gets in the way….
Not every job is suited for telecommuting or even other forms of flexibility, but many are. The biggest resistance is from management and its reluctance to move from a time-based to objective-based approach, where the individual has greater freedom but also greater responsibility for achieving set objectives.
The objective-based system requires greater trust between management and teleworking staff and leads to improved productivity Click to tweet
Beverly’s Hot Tips For Building Resiliency By Implementing Flexible Work Arrangements:
Companies that aim to provide a teleworking option —as a means to encourage a healthy work-life balance, build resiliency and retain key workers, need to:
- Create strategies that ensure teleworking programs are set up in a controlled and secure way.
- Develop a teleworking policy that lets all teleworkers know exactly where they stand and what best practices they are expected to adhere to.
- Be clear on how to assess the achievements of a worker who is not always physically present. This is important to maintain both the ability to manage and the presence of the teleworker as an active member of the team.
- Lay down good foundations before expanding the program. This should include provision of the necessary equipment and support, working practices, management practices and a means of assessing how the program is progressing before opening it up company-wide.
As an employee, if you are interested in flexible work arrangements, plan out your approach first…
- Consider how this might positively or negatively impact your job, your family, your employer, your team members.
- What flexibility arrangements make the most sense and is there any precedent to go on.
- What equipment do you need to make this work.
- Be prepared to do a test run first to show your employer that there is a benefit for them as well.
There are many adjustments that need to be made both by the employer and by the employee to make flexible work arrangements work. Good communication and problem solving skills are the foundation to working out any kinks.
So here`s to all super heroes working in their pj`s – May it be a productive day!
If you have some strategies to share – comment on this posting!