One of the biggest news stories of the past few weeks is Yahoo’s ban on working from home. As tech jobs have become a larger part of the job landscape, more positions have transitioned to work-from-home jobs. But does working from home increase or decrease productivity?
For those of us who run tech-based companies, this can be tricky. Office space can be expensive to rent, and if what you do requires you to be in front of a computer all day, there’s often no reason to be in one specific place. Technology is inherently mobile—and in today’s digital day and age, we can even work from our smartphones. Laptops, tablets, desktop computers and WiFi connections are portable. And, let’s face it—a home office can be a familiar, comfortable place from which to work with the added bonus of a nearby snack supply! Even more important, working remotely can cut down on time wasted commuting and, for the right employees, spur productivity.
And that’s the million dollar question: does working from home decrease productivity? According to Yahoo, the answer is that it does. The company reportedly was concerned their employees were goofing off more and doing less work while at home. And, according to memo sent out by Yahoo “speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home.” It also stated working from home also makes it more difficult to interact with your co-workers, perhaps slowing down the flow of ideas and overall productivity within the company.
If you’re a small business owner, considering the productivity of yourself and/or your employees is very important. As your time and budget are likely at a premium, it’s important that everyone you work with maximizes their potential. So should you consider renting or buying office space in order to maximize the productivity of your employees? Here are some pros and cons to working in an office:
What about you? Are you a fan of the virtual environment and working remotely or are you an advocate of office space? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Megan Totka is the Chief Editor for ChamberofCommerce.com. As a small business expert, Megan specializes in reporting the latest business news, helpful tips and reliable resources, as well as providing small business advice.
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