The big debate: home or office working?

Working from Home Vs. Working from the OfficeHere is what a number of professionals using the networking tool Linkedin thought – now tell us what you think!

  • Totally dependent on 2 things:

1. Set up. I have consultants that Have work areas with lockable doors and better than office internet connections than the office and do not have the interruptions and endless meetings that some companies generate.

2. Attitude – Better 4 hours focused work than 8 hours of bits and pieces. A plan and the ability to stick to a plan (managing interruptions and getting out of their pyjamas early enough) means it can be as good if not better than the office.

Summary – I think it can work well, but the office if managed correctly can provide benefits of teamwork, cross networking, overhearing leads, positive motivation and accessible help. Its all about how its managed not where you are.

 

  • Your focus is the key to being as productive at home as you might be at the office. There may be some equipment issues, but those can be resolved.If you are the type that likes to work alone, working from home may be as productive, or more so. If you have to have people around you, are very extroverted, this can be a drawback for working at home.

 

  • I think it has a lot to do with the individual. I am a hardworking employee in the office but I had about six months that I had to work from home (medical reason) and I was not productive at all. I don’t have the concentration. Too many things distract me. I work better in my office where all I have to focus on is work.

 

  • I think it really depends on what type work or home environment you have at your disposal. I worked in an office for over 20 years in a great working environment. If I wanted privacy to get things done, I had that at my disposal. If I wanted to collaborate, I had that as well.In my latest role over the last 2 years, I’ve worked from home. The difference is that I have three teenagers at home and it’s quite frustrating to work around them. There’s just always something unconducive to work happening around my house.

 

  • I think that I could work from home and be productive. That being said, I don’t think that I would jump into allowing employees the option without serious thought. I have found that those employees who cannot do their work from home can become bitter and you don’t want to lose those employees as well as morale and culture changes will probably occur if “work from home” is introduced.

 

  • I worked from my spare room for 8 months whilst setting up the company and I don’t think I could do it again. Sometimes you really have to dig deep to motivate yourself and sometimes it is all to easy to have a lie in and watch a bit of TV at lunch. Working in an office creates a good routine with discipline and also you have the ability to bounce ideas off colleagues which can create more opportunities. Plus it is always good to have a bit of banter in the office.

 

  • This is likely a combination of personal preference, the role itself and one’s ability to self motivate and self manage. I prefer to be around people but have found in some roles that taking a day or two occasionally to work at home allowed me to finish project work that required absolute concentration in a much shorter time frame. Now that I mostly work at home, I set up meetings most days for lunch/coffee so I get my preference to bounce ideas off others fulfilled as well.

 

  • I have worked from home for a number of years — both as an employee and as a consultant. Although I find that at times I miss being around people and it can be tough getting the creative juices flowing when you don’t have others to bounce ideas off of, I find that working in an office is very distracting. The updates of colleagues weekends, office gossip (and all the drama that comes with it) and lunches outside the office take so much time away from working. I agree with Steven … I can get more done in 4 hours working from home than I can 8 hours in an office.

 

  • Working in the office is far more productive. It is certainly cheaper for individuals without the overhead cost of keeping warm at home and unwanted distraction from friends and family. It is only productive if it is convenient for individuals in special circumstances e.g. bad weather snow/icy condition on roads.

 

  • I think it depends on several factors:
    1. The work ethics and work habits of the person…this varies from one person to the next. (some people thrive in an environment of having others around for help in generating ideas, motivation by seeing others working hard, dressing in professional attire versus sitting at home in your sweatpants, etc.)
    2. The nature of the work. Some work may require more concentration than others and the slightest distraction could affect the output of the work.
    3. The set up of the home office environment and the presence of outside distractions (home life situation…kids, no kids, pets, other house mates).

 

  • I agree with most of the statements. I have had my own business and worked from my home for the last 10 plus years. The type of work is very critical, you have to be able to go to the clients if you have them, and production has to be monitored. And, most important is to have the ability to keep on track and work as if you are punching in at the job site.
    With today’s technology it is very easy to set up a business in your home. I was connected to a business through the internet and connected directly into their system. (I did this for the last 8 years.) It is no different than having an office at the company- only I was 200 miles away.
    Another point is that is usually saves companies money- one area is most companies do not have to pay for the employee workers compensation benefits.

 

  • I would have to agree that it depends up on the situation and the person. I personally am more productive when I am able to concentrate away from everyone else, but I know others who need the structure of an office setting to be productive.

 

  • It all depends. As much as I sometimes would like to shut out all the hustle and bustle in the office while working on a time-sensitive project I have to concentrate on, I would surely miss it if I had to work from home all the time. It sure is nice to have that opportunity during severe weather conditions for example. Also, instead of incurring overtime, I sometimes simply worked from home to get it done without interruptions in a shorter period of time.

 

  • I currently office from my home after working in an environment where I had a separate location to office out of.
    The pros are obvious. Personal autonomy, dress code and gas money!!
    However your environment must be conducive for a business like setting. I have found I still need to create a personal schedule, ensure that my surroundings are not chaotic and loud… (nothing worse than being on a business call with your dog barking in the background)
    And most importantly know when to say “when” it’s easy to “hole” up all day and night in your office!
    So to answer your question, it really depends on your environment, work ethic and organizational skills.
    Good luck!

 

  • I currently manage a group of 60 persons working from home (in Monterrey, México), but before they went home, they were doing the same work at my office. After the change, they increase their productivity in a 30% (average). It really depends of the person; you really need to choose carefully the right person for the right activity.Heres is a quote:
    “working at home increases productivity by an average of 20 percent..”
  • For over 7 years I worked successfully from home as the safety manager for a semiconductor equipment manufacturer. I was able to build an effective safety management system and safety culture all while working remotely, traveling only 3 times during this 7 year period. I was successful because I worked for a Director of HR that trusted me and gave me the latitude to do my job and by developing a network of other employees that believed in the importance of safety.

What are your experiences of working from home? Do you think it’s as productive as working at the office? Let us know what you think…

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