A topic that has been under constant debate as of recent is the affectivity of working from home. Now many still feel skeptical as to how much this would benefit the organisation. It’s that, on the fence, kind of subject that managers always seem to keep away from further discussions. So why is it that employees love the idea and managers not so much? Let’s take notes and assess the pros and cons of working from the comforts of home.
Good - Comfortable and flexible
Everyone would jump at the chance of not waking up to a screeching alarm and rushing out of home on a Monday morning to make it to work just on time. You wake up and get to work and work can even be in bed. The outfits, hair or makeup will not be an issue anymore. You just wake up and get the work done. You get a decent homemade meal, and a few extra hours of sleep that many would appreciate.
Bad – Too comfortable to work?
Now the good itself can be the bad in this case. How comfortable will you be to work if you are at home? Would you get much done? These are the questions that the management will have when they think of working from home. Home is not necessary a responsibility free zone, and with external distractions like errands to run, work will become second in priority.
Good – Saves expenses
With the staff working from home, the space required to accommodate becomes less. This includes a cut down of rent, electricity, water and many other resources that become a significant costs to many organisations. The organisation can redirect those expense towards the company wellbeing as well as providing extra benefits to the employees.
Bad – Not for all
Working from home is fun and cost effective but this is not for all employees. Bank tellers, customer service assistants, sales staff and any other employee categories that are required to deal directly with customers or suppliers will have to be in the work space at all times. This may include other complication where those staff will feel discriminated in not having this benefit.
Good – There’s more space
At work many feel, trapped to a desk space and to those that have creativity and innovation built into their job description might feel uncomfortable with the space. Certain office spaces might not be esthetically pleasing enough for employee to work in and home will be a better alternative. Graphic designers, photographers, and even marketers that constantly require creative thinking will feel much more productive with this arrangement.
Bad – Monitoring gets complicated
A work space that is external from home gives the reliability of being able to follow-up with employees. Managers are able to monitor the work in progress and discuss issues, concerns effectively. Working from home would mean getting everyone together and that would be a problem considering the availability issues. When its home, it’s not just work and it’s easier to get distracted and even miss out on important meetings.
Much like any new addition, this too has its good and bad. And every organisation in the path of considering this as an option, should potentially assess these and carry out a pros and cons list more tailored to the environment before coming into a final conclusion. As for the general affectivity of the concept, it does deem itself suitable for a selected number of position but require a process in place to make sure the work required is completed on time. A trial run wouldn’t hurt before a complete transition.