I would be interested to know if these workers' aggregate productivity per hour
is lower relative to what it would be in a setting free from distractions found
in the home.
Re: StudentIn the article, the woman that worked at ARUP said that she
worked better at home because there were LESS distractions, not more. I currently am a teacher, but I have worked in stores, offices, laboratories,
and many other situations. From what I have seen, there really are a lot of
distractions in the office, factory or laboratory, because there are a new set
of social interaction dynamics when one goes to work that you don't have when at
home. A new set of "eyes" looking at you, puts pressure on people, whether real
or otherwise, to perform and interact in ways that requires time, energy and
emotion. These interactions can be taxing and take a toll or can add challenge
that can be invigorating. People are complex and need variety in their work
surroundings. I believe that if there is a combination of on-site
and at-home work then the employee can feel a sense of empowerment - control of
their work environment. The article said that more attention needs to be paid to
setting goals for each employee so that productivity can be measured against the
goals. People work harder if they are empowered.
Have the researches ever worked at home? Moral might increase, but that's only
because productivity drops and they're less focused on work. It'd be great if
it could work but it just won't, employees need to be in the office.
All research done on working at home shows that productivity increases when at
home. Johnny Triumph, you are living in the past if you think this wont work.
Every technology needed to work from home and be successful is already in place
and they continue to improve. Get aboard, working from home is the future.
The "war for talent" will eventually drive companies to make sure they are
offering great perks like working from home to more people to entice them to
work for their company. More people have computers and offices in their homes
now, so working from home is a natural extension of the evolution from
"industrial" to "knowledge" based work.
I've worked at home and my morale (with an "e") is not the only thing that went
up. If I did not have meetings to go to all of the time, I could get so much
more done. When I have autonomy, like I do in my current job, I feel more desire
to make certain I don't waste a minute of time. How many times in the office do
people stand around and talk? It builds a sense of camaraderie, but it doesn't
help productivity. My experience is only anecdotal evidence, but the research
I've read, and it is extensive, backs me up.
Three cheers for this story! I hope many employers read it. I often work on
Saturdays when the office is quiet or at home in the evenings because it is so
difficult to get work done in the office. I estimate my productivity is 2-3
times higher at home. I know I'm not the only one for whom this is true. I
know several people who schedule days to work from home just so they can get
I work for a small classified newspaper, for a great boss who is very up-do-date
in his thinking. Some things, such as customer service, need to be done in the
office. But much of the work can be done via remote computers, which he has set
up in the homes of 3 of our employees. We communicate during the day through our
email messaging service, which is very helpful. These 3 people can create the
ads on their computers and then upload them to the server at work, or they can
access one of the computers in the office and do the work there. One of these
employees moved to a different state when her husband got transferred, but she
is still working for us. The work can be done while kids are at school, or late
in the evening after kids are asleep, for example, as long as the deadline is
met. We love this system, and it saves travel time and money, too.
Where can you apply for jobs at home, that are honest legal good places. Not
places that try to get money, etc.?Are there certain companies that you
can apply to from at home?