The Office vs. The Home (read it on NYtimes.com)
Why Read It? Because for many jobs there is no clear distinction between home and office - as long as you do work!
- Ten percent of American workers spend at least one day a week clocking in from home, according to government data.
- But, says the CEO of Yahoo: "Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home."
- Proponents of telecommuting, however, point to numerous studies showing that people who work from home are on average more productive than other workers and that telecommuting cuts down on traffic during peak hours, reduces companies' real estate costs and improves employee morale, leading to less turnover.
- Although there are negative effects that could be hard to measure. For example, the possibility of missed serendipitous encounters between employees at the office that could lead to new products or strategies.
"Thanks to cellphones and wireless connections, it is possible to be tethered to the office and expected to respond to work calls and e-mail messages every waking hour."
Is Working from Home the Future of Work? (read it on npr.com)
Why Read It? Because there is a growing trend toward more work-from-home options across several industries.
- "The center of gravity for an organization should be as close to what they make as possible...If you make cars, you need people in the factory. If you breed horses, be in the stable. If you make the Internet, live on the Internet, and use all the freedom and power it gives you."
- Technology has made collaboration easier for employees who aren't physically in the same space, and companies who back telework say it has helped cut costs and compete for wider talent pools.
- However, even though certain industries or companies doesn't require physical proximity like a manufacturing or construction job would, being in an office certainly could prevent workers from doing their laundry or watching TV while on the clock.
"Ten years ago, it was seen more as an employee benefit. Today, businesses around the world are seeing telework as a necessity."
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