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Why Employees Should Be Allowed To Work From Home

Comments Sid Savara says: Although some industry experts came to Mayer's defense, most called the move shortsighted. Fortunately, steps can be taken to smooth out the process: You might enjoy our five part series on Remote Work at http: Hi Robby Thank you for your addition.

Working from home can allow workers to minimize distractions and increase the time they spend focused on a project. It stands to reason that, in the end, companies benefit from these remote employees by getting projects completed faster with fewer mistakes.

A study by the American Psychological Association , found favorable effects on perceived autonomy, work—family conflict, job satisfaction, performance, turnover intent, and stress. Where health and happiness is concerned, not going into the office protects and benefits the employee in many ways.

First off they most likely get to avoid a normally stressful morning routine , commute to and from work, and work environment. Secondly, working from home normally increases the amount of home cooked meals or just more balanced meals eaten.

Most employees will be able to get more sleep as well. This all, as well as decreased exposure to others, decreases chances of infections and sick days , while increasing the general level of happiness. In the end, it results in a win-win situation for both employee and employer. At a time where our awareness for being environmentally conscious is growing, our discussion would not be complete without also considering the environmental benefits from telecommuting.

Less people traveling on the roads naturally decreases the greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation that would be used. On a national or global scale, this can quickly add up and make a huge difference where the state of our climate is concerned. For starters, not all jobs can be done remotely. Some obviously require the employee to be physically present. And that is, that their employees will slack off at home or need to be monitored.

The truth is normally very different. Most people who work from home actually feel more compelled to prove themselves in that they do not need to be monitored, and thus deliver better results, not to mention how much wasted time they avoid. This alongside the mentioned benefits above, can mean a very logical decision in the end for a company who wants to increase its own, and its employees happiness. Evita Ochel , B. She hopes to inspire people, to truly live out the life of their dreams and awaken the highest version of themselves.

She is also the main author of EvolvingWellness. I like both, but I think the time savings from telecommuting are the biggest advantage for me, and the reason I would prefer that. And your point about others misunderstanding or having the wrong expectations is a very good one. So it does take time I think to re-condition some peoples views of what their co-workers are really doing at home or what that is like.

Great point about the trust. That seems to be a make it or break it point in almost all aspects of life, especially when it comes to all relationships, whether personal or in the workplace. On the rare occasion I was allowed to work from home when still in corporate I definitely got more done. Less interruptions, and as Evita mentions that psychological piece of not wanting them to think I was slacking off! It would certainly help stress levels. Thanks for sharing your experience. Employment is so restrictive.

Some folks have enlightened work situations but self-employment is light years ahead of working for the man. Wow I love your enthusiasm for this topic!

I have just had the pleasure of working from home since July and yes it has been phenomenal. People are choosing a new path for themselves and making it work really well too. That I think is so good to see and such a symbol of change. Karl, thank you for hosting Evita! For all the reasons you mentioned and so many more. I can take a walk in the middle of the day if I want, and get to wear whatever I please most of the time including pajamas!

My desk faces a window, so I can see outside all the time, which is a HUGE step up from my last windowless corporate office. Thank you for your comment and feedback — and how wonderful to hear you are having such a great experience working from home.

You know, I feel completely the same way. Having worked at a location for 7 years and than having the privilege now to work from home, I too honestly could never imagine going back.

The last two years I did counseling in my home vs an office to cut down on expenses before moving to AZ. Many question the boundaries when therapists do that…it worked out fine for myself and clients.

That is great to hear! Hi Evita — thanks for this. I could even sing along! What does it say about our workplaces that they are places where we are not allowed to do the things which allow us to get work done?

The great advantage of working from home is not the freedom of being at home, but the responsibility afforded by being in control of your work environment. This is fact and truthful. I am one of those who are fortunate to work predominately from home.

Not to mention team-building social events. That said, with services like Skype, FaceTime, and various conference call providers, it's easier than ever to keep the lines of communication open. Email and secured instant messaging are also on hand to fill in any gaps, allowing direct collaboration to continue.

This approach is particularly helpful to workforces that span numerous time zones: Concerns employees will perform poorly due to lack of at-home supervision. Managers can feel a loss of control when allowing staff to work remotely.

But direct oversight is still very achievable. The key is in the metrics. By setting measurable performance targets e. Employees working from home can leave businesses vulnerable to everything from data loss to security breaches. Although such threats are real, the risks can be minimized. The company's IT department should carefully review all network protocols, and be placed in charge of remote access granted to staff members.

On top of this, employees working remotely should attend mandatory security training, and only be given access to databases relevant to their job duties. Any business considering a work-from-home option needs to know it isn't an all-or-nothing proposition. There's no shame in proceeding with caution before making a firm decision either way. It's easy to turn a workplace nuisance into a productivity experiment. Has the power gone off in your building?

Or maybe you need to assemble a skeleton staff for an upcoming holiday weekend. Why not use such opportunities to let staff work from home? So long as their output can be monitored, you're in a perfect position to see if telecommuting can benefit you and them.

Instead of clearing the decks by having everyone work remotely, consider a rotating schedule. This way, a certain percentage of staffers are always under management's watchful eye.

Most employees will still relish the opportunity to work from home once or twice a week. Place emphasis on performance: Here's a low-risk method for ensuring productivity and accountability. Employees who meet weekly or monthly performance targets can continue to work remotely.

Those who can't meet agreed-upon goals will be sent back to the office. No fuss, no muss. If you're looking to diversify your workforce -- or simply outsource projects to third-party development teams -- is the year to look at the options. Statistically, remote workers are more driven, focused, reliable, and cost-effective than their in-office counterparts.

And they're just plain happier to boot. Now that's a win-win scenario. Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. Turns out, there's little to worry about: Fortunately, steps can be taken to smooth out the process: Follow Steven Shehori on Twitter: Business Work Workplace Steven Shehori. Go to mobile site.

Employees who work from home normally save on the transit they would be paying for, work attire and food on the go. These costs quickly accumulate for an employee, to the point that working from home can translate to an immediate pay raise, based on all the money the employee is saving. He now requires that employees who want to work from home schedule it at least five business days in advance. Others have found ways to make sure off-site workers keep their end of the employer. Businesses known to have telecommuting programs or otherwise informally allow employees to work from home, at least part-time, can do so either because of the nature of the work or because they allow it through special policies created by the company.