It appears that the ability to work from home is something that is a growing trend. The more astute businesses out there realise the value that can be added in giving anyone, whose role allows it, the flexibility to occasionally work at home. The benefits that can be gained in staff wellbeing, morale and therefore productivity are immense, but the perk of home working does need to be tempered with an understanding that it is just that, a perk. Self discipline is needed to ensure that work is completed.
Crushing pressures of everyday life in the frantic recession fraught world that we live in have created a population of stressed to the eyeballs workers. The very mobile world that we live in means that an individual is restricted to just the four walls of their home. There are so many environments that are equipped for the use of Wi-Fi even without having your own roaming facilities in place. Coffee shops, restaurants, libraries, and museums all cater for their customers needing to remain on-line and able to communicate with the big wide world! Imagine the wellbeing created when an employee can work from their favourite coffee shop or even indeed work from the park on a warm summer’s day! Fresh surroundings can break routine and stimulate new ideas.
If home working is to become a regular occurrence and built into the working month then it is wise for a more structured approach to be taken, with space for work, ideally a dedicated room. With the establishment of a home office environment it is easier to have the discipline needed by the employee as well as those they live with. Staying in touch with the office is easy peasy with those in the communication industry recognising the need to build a home working option into the systems that they sell. The Aastra 400 is a great example of how technology is providing the means for any employee to not only gain mobility but also the capability of being completely in the loop even when working from home.
A recent TeamViewer poll of 1000 UK office workers found that over 78% would like to have the benefit of more flexible working arrangements to boost their job satisfaction in the absence of any pay increases.
Any business looking to improve employee engagement needs to take a serious look at the benefits of home working and the viability of making it a part of company culture. Can any business affort to dismiss the merits of offering home working as an option?
The Pro’s of homeworking to the individual are that they will enjoy less commuting, with possible cost savings and a better work life balance. Happy days. There are only a couple of downsides that I can foresee:
- No after work drinks with your colleagues, a huge downside for some, but in life there is a trade off with most things!
- Self discipline: ensuring the job is still done and appropriate dress is still worn if there is ever a need for video conferencing!
Let me know your perfect office space…..where would you choose to work if you could just once in a while make that choice?