Arghhh – the kind of story that drives me slightly mad! As someone who frequently works from home (often when I particularly need to focus on getting something done), this kind of story in many ways doesn’t help those who think we’re “taking it easy”… The more positive side of the story doesn’t come til near the bottom (where most people probably won’t read it). Yes, I like going into the office & having interaction, but I’ve never understood the fascination with ‘presenteeism’, especially 9-5 presenteeism. Let’s take on board some of the lessons from the Second World War: Stagger Working Hours (and trust people to work from home). Previously I had a boss who would “work from home” and therefore didn’t trust me to do so – thankfully, this year, I have bosses who are just interested in whether I a) finish the task and b) put in the hours (when/where is up to me!).What does it matter if I’m “in my PJs” at lunchtime… I’m still working (bed can be quite a comfortable … and warm… place to work!)
But for those who can, theoretically, continue their role away from their usual place of work, will it ever really be productive? Or is “working from home”, for many, tantamount to being no more than a bit of a skive?
It also said that while almost half (48%) of British workers felt under pressure to get into work, 11% worked from home, with another 12% unable to work at all.
“We still have this nine-to-five culture, that you have to have a fixed place of work, but I think that perceptions starting to change,” he says.
“After they’ve started working remotely, people usually say they don’t want to go back to how they worked before.”
Read full BBC Story.