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Working from home a no brainer

Ross O. Storey | Dec. 1, 2010
Survey finds nearly half IT employees willing to take a pay cut to tele-work.

For some, working from home on occasion can result in greater productivity because there are fewer interruptions than in the office, Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of Robert Half Technology said. Many IT professionals also appreciate not having to commute every day given todays high gasoline prices.

Of course, there is always a downside every Ying has its Yang.

Robert Half Technology researchers say companies may need to balance the desire of staff to work remotely against the expectation of accessibility. The July report said survey respondents indicated that telecommuting programs can have drawbacks.

But, diminished face-to-face contact

Nearly half (44 per cent) of all CIOs surveyed felt that quality of work suffers due to diminished in-person contact with colleagues. Furthermore, nearly one in three (30 per cent) CIOs surveyed felt that telecommuting employees are not as productive because they have less oversight.

Telecommuting isnt a viable option for every type of employee in every scenario, Lee commented. Managers who need face-to-face interaction with staff, or individuals who meet frequently with clients, for example, may find that working from home hampers their ability to build strong business relationships.

And, as having myself worked from home as a consultant, I can verify that it requires plenty of self-discipline, motivation and focus to draw clear boundaries between working and home life. It can also strain marriages if both you and your wife work from the same home.

Nevertheless, Ive said it before, and Ill say it again; I believe that in five years or less, commentators will look back at 2010 and laugh about the fixation that industry has about forcing employees to herd like lemmings to city offices day in and day out, using time that could otherwise be used for greater productivity.

What do you think?


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