I thought I should summarize my 5 part series on working from home. We had visitors stay with us the past few days and this subject came up with this couple. The husband happily works at home and the other may be still working at her past job if she was allowed to work at home. They conceded that they would love to move away to a new location (closer to nature) but since their situation is so good, including being able to spend more time with the family, they really have no reason to leave. Lucky for that employer that now get to retain their valuable employee until retirement. This was one of the reasons I had included at why, in many situations, allowing employees to work from home benefits all parties involved.
- Part 1: My Story I was given a fixed term (14 month) opportunity to work from home a few years back when our twins were born. My employer did not want to consider this arrangement long term but this short lived opportunity showed me some of the benefits, and pitfalls, of working away from the office.
- Part 2: Inefficiencies of the Office The traditional office building can be very inefficient. When I need to get my work done I like shutting out the outside world and getting down to it. There are so many potential distractions in an office that I found it very difficult to be as productive as I could be. When I worked from home I was able to easily avoid these distractions and as a result my work was completed in a fraction of the time.
- Part 3: Advantages and Disadvantages from an Employers point of View From a reduced office size to retaining good employees there are many things to consider before agreeing to a work from home arrangement.
- Part 4: Advantages and Disadvantages from an Employees point of View Working from home sounds great, and it can be, but there are things to consider before requesting this from your employer.
- Part 5: Salary restructure suggestion Why do we fix the amount of hours employees have to work? Everyone works at different speeds and I think salary should be tied to getting the work done and not hours spent doing it.
Many companies are getting the picture that they need to be a little more innovative in the way they treat employees. My previous employer was very good in many ways but they were also slow in adopting new ideas to make employees feel a vital part of the team. They could have implemented a few programs that would have prevented the loss of some valuable and very talented employees that they spent a lot of time and money to train and develop. I don’t know if I was the most valuable but I certainly would be still working for that company if I could do my job from outside the office.