Earlier today, I read an article on the Harvard Business Review stating that Marissa Mayer (Yahoo) has eliminated the option for staff to work from home. I found this article fascinating because so many technology companies have prided themselves of creating a culture of productivity that goes beyond a brick and mortar location.
This got me thinking as to how effective Telecommuting actually is.
In most of the positions that I’ve had, Telecommuting has been an option due to the nature of my role as well as the culture of the company. I found that while I occasionally appreciated the freedom to work from home when I wanted to, I was still the most productive when I was at the office. There is something about being around other working people that adds a level of engagement to your day. I also found that being able to physically walk to somebody else’s space or office was a better way to hammer out a solution to a problem as opposed to just a phone conversation.
Some of friends who work from home absolutely love it. They find that they get more done because their distractions are limited and the time they save from not having to travel to an office. They also argue that Telecommuting provides options for a workforce that is not limited by geography. I definitely agree with this statement and would definitely add that I’ve had quite a bit of success working on projects with people completely online.
With the increased use of virtual teams and Telecommuting, I’m curious as to whether this will continue to be a trend or whether companies will take Mayer’s lead and do a full assessment of the effectiveness of this work option.
What are your thoughts on Telecommuting?
I’ll leave you with this hilarious College Humor Video called “Hardly Working From Home“