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Working from home?

Date: 05/08/2007 | Category: Business | Author: Diana Heeb Bivona

Given the current gas prices, congested roads, and ever increasing commute times, many business are advocating programs that allow employees to work from home on occassion.  However, a recent survey suggestions, that some managers remain skeptical when employees say, “I’m working from home today”.  In fact, 21% of managers translate that to mean, “I’m taking it easy today.”

An annual survey by Mitel found that 37% of managers fear that if staff were allowed to work from home, they would use their time for their own personal activities and 30% believe employees would use the time to plan their social life.

Now, employees surveyed see things a little differently.  Sixty-eight percent believe that working from home would allow them to take a more flexible approach to work, 41% would be more productive, and 28% would work longer hours. 

Allowing employees to work from home does require that a manager place a high level of trust in their employee, and that doesn’t work in every case.  However, the underlying message here is that everyone works differently, and to sometime achieve the most results, you have to explore alternative work settings (when feasible).   As a business owner and manager, finding what works best for everyone ultimately improves employee well-being, productivity, and your bottom line. 

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