Working from home is better for companies than maintaining an office
The accepted dogma of business is that you have your employees come and sit in an office far from their homes and are watched for eight hours a day by a manager. In the modern world, there are many more ways to communicate and get work done collaboratively online and on the phone, so the office is no longer necessary for all jobs every day.
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'Presenteeism' is a poor way to measure employee's performance
Social interaction takes the form of group-energy in the workplace.Most people are extroverts and therefore need other people around to maintain motivation. Research has revealed time and time again that social students also do better academically than their isolated counterparts.
Continuously working; wears people/brains out. Problems/issues are harder to solve/tackle without breaks and a lot of the time colleagues help; during these.
Man is a social animal. Our majorities stampede in throngs as animal herds do. Social interaction is more than just words. It largely involves body language and the use of all five senses. reducing this to communication via computers makes connections/relations impersonal and tense.
It will cost far less
Companies can provide better resources(such as better internet connections, laptops etc) when they aren't paying office maintenance costs. (That way managers are fully aware of when the company server is down.)
Sitting in an office can be just as depressing. Annoying co-workers have a negative effect on productivity. Families can be understanding. Both men and women work.
Worker energy is not wasted in pretending to work.
Sexual harassment is near impossible.
All the issues in the movie 'office space' are addressed:
Merit; that is 'actual' worker output is rewarded rather than hours spent in the office.
The stress of being watched or sacked is curtailed. Workers feel employers trust them. Therefore workers meet deadlines; working at the pace and in a manner that best suits them without having to fit into a specific office culture.
1) They will not feel as though they are being monitored; therefore will not work as hard to please the manager standing over their heads.
The logic behind this is similar to:
Everyone does their classwork; but homework can be forgotten/missed.
2) Sitting at home is depressing. The ritual of taking a shower; wearing your work-clothes/make-up; walking into a professional environment, sitting in your office/cubicle and doing your job is a strong motivating factor. The home environment is greatly conducive to lounging on a sofa watching T.V or cooking or calling friends over to play video games. You don't feel important and co-inhabitants do not take you seriously.
How do you work and not go-to work?
3) Over-dependence on unreliable technology: We know all about bad internet connections and missing deadlines. Hackers are consistently coming up with new and innovative ways to wreck and acquire confidential information contained in company computers. If we resort to using laptops/terminals and laptops/terminals alone; we're literally daring them to screw us over. Offices have a culture; a cohesive bond that glues the workers together in a singular united cause.
Seeing people everyday; working and interacting with them on a human level creates loyalty,trust and security. Also; when the electricity or computers give out, the manager knows without being informed; so can be more understanding and helpful then if he's imagined your deliberately not working from home.
4) Equal resources: In an office no worker has the advantage of a generator/U.P.S or a better internet connection or more professionally conducive home environment(such as a quiet office in the basement/attic). As everyone is working with the same tools; the merit of office workers is relatively transparent and thus easier to measure.
Workers will be more motivated and therefore more productive
Surroundings will also add to motivation, in an office environment people know what level of work is expected from them. At home, the pressure is lessened and they are not in surroundings that would immediately make them think of work. Instead they are surrounded by home comforts.
It will help employers comply with the Disability Discrimination Act cheaply
we should still work in an office with our colleagues.
Second, with many colleagues working nearby, we can receive prompt advice from them when we come across an unexpected problem during our work. This advantage usually lead to a quicker response to what is happening and a better solution. What’s more, face-to-face talks and meetings prove to be much more efficient than talking on-line or on the telephone. High efficiency is crucial to any company in any industry.
Solving problems together always calls for teamwork spirit, therefore working together in the office offers a better chance to unite all the team members. Being of assistance to others at working hours and having lunch together will make members on the team know each other better, which allows them to gain a better understanding of what others are good at and interested in. As it is less and less possible for anyone to finish a whole project alone, teamwork is of significance and
Undoubtedly, working at home has its own advantages such as saving time on the way to the office. However, it is apparently that the disadvantages of working at home outweigh its advantages. For a company, efficiency and teamwork spirit should always come first. Without these two things, any company will end up nowhere but bankruptcy.
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