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Video: Employee Perspective–Why Working From Home Doesn't Always Work

  • May 10, 2018
  • Oz Rashid
  • CEO

You may have heard and read my somewhat controversial take on working from home in a recent video blog, suggesting that business leaders need to consider 4 key factors before implementing such a policy.

In that piece, I discussed the facts, figures, and articles that all seem to suggest that the productivity and morale benefits are automatic when business leaders allow working from home, and how it’s all simply not true.

Or, at least, that working from home isn’t for everybody and every company at every turn.

But I’d like to take more of a focus towards the employee this time.

Obviously, an effective business leader will consider the organizational impacts of any perk, or policy, but should also take into account the potential impacts from an employee perspective.

Think of it like this: working from home sounds really great–in theory. You get to set your own hours, work more comfortably from the couch, not have to deal with traffic, and maybe even work in your favorite sweat pants and t-shirt.

Or even play more with your cat.

But your employees should also consider the negatives that can go along with that.

Can working from home be the right thing if an employee is more of an individual contributor? Sure can. Or maybe an employee wants to be in the same role he or she is in currently for the foreseeable future. Working from home can work out great for those employees.

But if an employee is really passionate and aggressive about growing their career, strengthening their skill set, meeting new people and forming new relationships, they need to be in front of decision makers early and often.

I have a hard time reconciling how working from home would help that employee reach those goals.

And like before, this is opinion is backed not only by my personal experience, but also by science and psychology.

It’s that whole “out of sight, out of mind” adage. We’re a social species. It’s in our nature to be around people, and then to trust the people we most associate with. No matter how “productive” an employee may or may not be, it they aren’t around a lot, they probably aren’t going to grow their skills or get promoted as easily as someone who is around more often.

When talking with your employees or potential employees about working from home, I would encourage you (and them) to consider these aspects before making any concrete decisions.

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