Working from home is better for companies than maintaining an office

Last updated: March 3, 2017

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.

Working from home is better for companies than maintaining an office
Yes because...

'Presenteeism' is a poor way to measure employee's performance

Just by observing workers in an office environment, it is very difficult for managers to tell if they are actually being productive, or merely appearing to be. Office workers often devise ways to trick their bosses into thinking they are hard at work, while in truth they are busy procrastinating on the internet, taking frequent toilet breaks or spending too much time at the water cooler. Working at home will mean that more systems will be developed to monitor progress and performance which will mean that workers will be judged on the actual level of work done, rather than the number of hours they spend in an office.
No because...
Managers would lose their jobs if they had no staff in the office to 'manage'. In addition, most managers just don't trust their staff to work from home.

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.

Working from home is better for companies than maintaining an office
Yes because...

It will cost far less

There will be less expenses incurred in maintaining an office, cleaning, electricity and so on. Even company cars will be unnecessary.

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.

Albert Einstein
I get my best ideas in the shower

No because...
Employees will be less productive thus the cost will be greater in terms of revenue/productivity.

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?
Hypothetical scenario
"honey could you help me with this; the groceries are in the car; daddy dady daddy" "I'm working!"
"It doesn't look like it"

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.

Working from home is better for companies than maintaining an office
Yes because...

Workers will be more motivated and therefore more productive

An office is not a particularly useful environment for most workers who are often working on their own projects. An office does not need to be abolished completely, it can simply be downsized and workers can meet occasionally for important meetings. BT claims to get an extra 20% of work out of it's 10,000 employees that work from home, and some American studies have shown a 30-40% increase[[]].
No because...
This is what BT claims, but surely there are far many more motivational factors found in the office that you simply would not get at home. One of the main motivations people have to work hard is the competition with fellow office workers. People do not only want to be the best, they want to be seen to be the best. If they do not have their colleagues around them, they cannot have this competition, they cannot have this motivation.

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.

Working from home is better for companies than maintaining an office
Yes because...

It will help employers comply with the Disability Discrimination Act cheaply

Under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 amended by the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 employers must make all reasonable adjustments in order to facilitate the employment of a disabled person. Under s6(1)(b) this includes making necessary physical adjustments to the work space. If companies operated a work from home policy, they would not need to adapt the working office in order to accommodate disabled employees; instead they will just allow them to work from home. This will save the employers money as for some disabled people; the adjustments that would need to be made would be vast.
No because...
Employers will still have to make adjustments to working patterns in order to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act. For example, under s6(3)(b) employers will be required to pass work on to other employees should the disabled person not be able to cope with the work load due to their disability. How can the employer see this if they are not in an office? In this regard, home working will actually make complying with the Disability Discrimination Act more difficult for employers.

Working from home is better for companies than maintaining an office
No because...

we should still work in an office with our colleagues.

First of all, working together in the office enables us to work according to a strictly designed schedule. In the morning, we are supposed to reach the office on time and get ready for a new day’s work before a fixed time. The strict regulation of the company will urge us to wake up early in the morning.
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.
Yes because...

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