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Work from home: why is it still dividing business and where does IT stand?

Posted on 01 May, 2013 by in Collaboration & productivity, Huddle CEO viewpoint, Huddle news | 2 comments

Years after businesses and government organizations started rolling out teleworking policies and companies were producing graphics of what the office of the future would look like (cue man/woman sitting in their living room surrounded by Jetson-like gadgets), the remote working debate is still raging.

When Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer, banned the company’s employees from home working, it started a veritable Twitter storm. In home working’s defense, Richard Branson declared—no doubt from Necker Island—that Mayer’s move is a “backwards step in an age when remote working is easier and more effective than ever” and that “to successfully work with other people, you have to trust each other”. But hot on the heels of Yahoo, Best Buy stopped its home working program (Results-Only Work Environment), which started in 2005 again provoking a media backlash.

In contrast to this, many companies actually celebrated working from home in the annual ‘Work from Home Week’ in January. According to the Office of National Statistics, there are already about 3.8 million homeworkers in the UK and a recent study has suggested the Treasury could save $23.3 billion (£15 billion) by increasing the number of public sector employees that can work from home. Allowing employees to work from home can save money on office estate and other office overheads, and it provides much needed flexibility for staff. As many companies—including Cisco—have found, home working can also increase productivity.

Read the full article in Techworld

2 Comments

  1. Lynn Ferguson-Pinet

    May 23, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    The debate is valid, although I am a big supporter of working from home and all the technology advancements have made it possible to truly share and collaboratre across a virtual office. However, the issue remains that part of working as a team is building trust and if you don’t see people and develop relationships beyond the tasks its hard to develop the team. I know I’m biased as my busienss is all about building teams but I believe its at the heart of the issue.

    Thanks
    Lynn
    Team Building Coach
    http://www.conundrumadventures.com/index.html

  2. Vicky Davis

    May 26, 2013 at 4:12 am

    I too am a big supporter on working from home. In my company has actually requiring all 5k plus employees to provide information about your home environment such as, computer system, phone line etc in case there are situations in which the employees are not able to come into the office. My company is always tweaking the system and doing test drive on our intranet. This to me makes sense that way the production does not slow down for the company and it has been working fine. We do have a policy in place where if an employee works 60+ miles from the company they can work from home but will have to come in the office at least once per week. What I also like about the work at home program at my company is that we are able to work half days if necessary from home that way employees are not wasting a whole day off. I am a big support of work from home. I have utilized this program myself.

    Vicky Davis

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