“I consider myself fairly lucky in that most of what I do as an information worker can be done anywhere – including from home. The only notable exception is having meetings – the time honoured alternative to doing work.
When I do choose to work from home though, I am concerned that the historical stigma associated with not being “at work” would appear that I’m slacking off or dodging responsibility in some way.
Our friends at Citrix recently ran a survey which had some alarming statistics – 43% of remote workers watch TV or movies, while 20% play video games. Even worse, around a quarter of the people surveyed drink booze, take a nap or do household chores or cook dinner.
Perhaps surprisingly, the story goes on to say this doesn’t actually worry managers too much. The good news for me is that flexible workers are recognised as often more productive than people working in the office.
Businessweek quotes a manager who says if the employee is doing the work and getting the right results, it doesn’t matter what they get up to during the normal workday. He goes on to say the whole point of teleworking is to allow employees to fit their work into the rest of their lives.
In my case, having the flexibility to choose where and how I work based on what I’m doing is crucial to being productive. Thinking about my weekly tasks, many involve collaborating and working as part of a team, but a large number also require focus and uninterrupted time to think and work through a problem or project.”