|Is remote working good or bad for business?|
"To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side. That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices."
"Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings."
One of the most contentious statements in the Yahoo! memo was Reses' statement that "Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home."
Richard Branson, entrepreneur and founder of Virgin Group was quick to respond on his blog where he confessed he has never worked out of an office and never will. In his post entitled Give People The Freedom The Freedom Of Where To Work he said:
"To successfully work with other people, you have to trust each other. A big part of this is trusting people to get their work done wherever they are, without supervision."
“We like to give people the freedom to work where they want, safe in the knowledge that they have the drive and expertise to perform excellently, whether they at their desk or in their kitchen.”
Research shows that home workers are happier and more productive. They were found to take shorter breaks, less likely to take time off due to illness and more likely to stay with a company longer resulting in lower recruitment costs.
“If you provide the right technology to keep in touch, maintain regular communication and get the right balance between remote and office working, people will be motivated to work responsibly, quickly and with high quality.”
I'd like to hear your thoughts on remote working. Do you think it's the way of the future or a failed experiment?
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Lisa LaRue, MCareerDev, BSocSc(Couns), DipCareerGuid, RCDP, MCDI, MAC is a Career Development Consultant and Career Coach at CareerWorx www.careerworx.co.uk.