Ok, I gotcha! You thought this was going to be a post of me talking about how awesome it is to work from home, how you can talk your boss into allowing you to do it, and how you can do so more productively. Didn’t you?

Wrong.

This post is about (gasp) helping the employers! Which….will benefit you. Once they know the pros and cons, they’ll be more open-minded about offering flexibility.

Are you an employer who is pondering whether or not you want to allow employees to work from home some or all of the time?

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-06-25/what-people-really-do-when-theyre-working-from-home

O2 employees saved 2,000 hours of commuting time http://www.mobileeurope.co.uk/news/press-wire/9253-o2-releases-the-results-of-the-uks-biggest-ever-qflexible-workingq-pilot

O2 today released the results of the biggest flexible working initiative of its kind. On 8th February 2012, O2 asked the entire workforce in its head office to work away from the office for the day. Employees based at O2’s Slough HQ – a quarter of its 12,000-strong workforce – participated in the pilot, operating remotely for the day as the doors were shut and lights turned off at the business’ 200,000 sq ft office.

The majority (52%) of saved commuting time was spent working
14% was spent on family time
16% on extra sleeping (hopefully in the morning not during the day!)
12% on relaxation (sport, reading, personal emails etc)
6% on commuting elsewhere
88% of people that took part in the flexible working pilot thought that they were at least as productive as normal
Over a third (36%) claimed to have been more productive
Only 125 people needed to work from the office that day – only 109 cars entered the car park (against 1,100 on an average day),
Only 1 person in the whole of O2 HQ didn’t know anything about the flexible working pilot and consequently arrived for work (!)

http://www.citrix.com/English/NE/news/news.asp?newsID=2326166
http://www.wakefieldresearch.com/

A new survey by Citrix (CTXS), the Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) company that designs technology for employees to work remotely, shows that many people sneak in other activities while working from home.

Based on a survey of 1,013 American office workers, conducted in June by Wakefield Research, 43 percent watch TV or a movie and 20 percent play video games while officially working from home. Parents are more likely than those without children to partake in these two activities, which aren’t work-related.

Employees might not even be sober: 24 percent admit to having a drink. Twenty-six percent say they take naps. Others are distracted by housekeeping: 35 percent do household chores; 28 percent cook dinner.

Yet despite all the distractions, telecommuters are actually more productive than their peers in the office, according to preliminary findings from Stanford University’s study of a Chinese travel agency.

Jack M. Nilles, founder of management consulting firm, JALA International, says in an e-mail, “If an employee is doing the work and producing the desired results, what difference does it make if he/she includes a nap or cooking or a school play in the so-called work day?” He adds: “The whole point of teleworking, from the employee’s point of view, is the ability to fit one’s work into the rest of one’s life, not the other way around, as is the case in the ‘traditional’ office. The point of teleworking, from the employer’s point of view, is that its bottom-line benefits (productivity gains, space savings, employee retention, etc.) far exceed any feared risks of losses.”

Sharon Davis, who runs the website 2work-at-home.com and does other work from her home in Fort Bragg, Calif., says, “Whether it’s expected or O.K. [to do other things during work hours] depends on the arrangement you have with your employer and what their expectations are. If they give you complete autonomy to get your work done and don’t care if you hold certain hours, go knock yourself out.” Davis, who did a phone interview with me in her pajamas while watching morning television, says she takes advantage of the flexibility that working from home provides, especially when it comes to caring for her children. Still, she warns that turning on the TV can easily become a big time waste

Clocking in from the Couch
Courtesy of: Online Degrees

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