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(Mother Nature Network)   55% of employees surveyed say they are more productive when they work at home. 75% of bosses say "bullshiat"   (mnn.com) divider line 131
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2012-04-01 07:39:21 AM
I am no less productive, but then I am pretty unproductive in the office.
 
2012-04-01 08:13:18 AM
I get a lot more work done at home. It has a lot to do with the availability of real coffee and easy access to slippers.
 
2012-04-01 08:48:47 AM
I haven't been to the office in 6 months and no one is expecting me there anytime soon. FSM bless my wonderful boss. Bonus: My high blood pressure seems to be cured.
 
2012-04-01 09:54:50 AM
I think a lot of the reason bosses don't agree is that it is harder to find people when you need something. It is a lot easier to walk down a row of cubes to see who is available, then you throw a request out on a chat program and hope folks get back to you.
In my case, IT support, when an issue pops up, we need to get somebody to respond to it quickly. So which would most bosses rather, walk over to a group of cubes and look over folks shoulders to see what they are working on, or throw a chat out saying 'who is responding to that page'?

Working from home has lots of benefits, but those little periods where somebody steps away from their system even if just long enough to tell the Girl Scouts they have already bought enough boxes of cookies this year, leaves the rest of the team in a form of limbo. As a team supervisor, I can say that is the part that bothers me the most about having the team working from home.
 
2012-04-01 09:58:44 AM
Working from home can make sense based off your job roll - IT support, you should probably be in the office. Inside sales - you can get away with working from home
 
2012-04-01 10:03:01 AM
Working from home makes sense for some fields, others, not so much. I work in a manufacturing plant - we build the enterprise level storage computer systems. My floors wouldn't be able to support the weight, let alone the power required, to build those systems. Then there's the whole high priced parts leaving the building unaccounted that would make for a huge problem.
 
2012-04-01 10:36:29 AM
When I'm teaching, I obviously need to be at school. When I'm building professional development sessions/webmastering I get a ton more done at home due to no interruptions.
 
2012-04-01 11:05:56 AM
I was offered a work-from-home position, but I turned it down. I am such a hermit as it is, and at least coming to the office gives me a reason to be out of the house
 
2012-04-01 11:06:23 AM
I am far more efficient.

I probably post at least twice as much on fark.
 
2012-04-01 11:07:32 AM
I'm a computer programmer. I find working from home not that great.

Even for antisocial geeks, having the team in one place, able to communicate easily, seems to help. Plus I just don't like it, I like the division between work and home.
 
2012-04-01 11:08:09 AM

EvilEgg: I am no less productive, but then I am pretty unproductive in the office.


I came here to say this.
 
2012-04-01 11:09:59 AM

Slives: I think a lot of the reason bosses don't agree is that it is harder to find people when you need something. It is a lot easier to walk down a row of cubes to see who is available, then you throw a request out on a chat program and hope folks get back to you.
In my case, IT support, when an issue pops up, we need to get somebody to respond to it quickly. So which would most bosses rather, walk over to a group of cubes and look over folks shoulders to see what they are working on, or throw a chat out saying 'who is responding to that page'?

Working from home has lots of benefits, but those little periods where somebody steps away from their system even if just long enough to tell the Girl Scouts they have already bought enough boxes of cookies this year, leaves the rest of the team in a form of limbo. As a team supervisor, I can say that is the part that bothers me the most about having the team working from home.


As opposed to the team members stepping away from cube hell to sell their kids' cookies to the rest of the slaves. Why not just chain them in?
 
2012-04-01 11:11:24 AM
I work from home and spent a week at the office. All the people there just fark around all day long. It made me realize that I am working way too hard.
 
2012-04-01 11:11:36 AM

SpaceyCat: vel storage computer s


EMC, IBM, Hitachi, or are you calling NetApp enterprise class?
 
2012-04-01 11:13:19 AM
I fail copy/paste.


/fail
 
2012-04-01 11:14:01 AM
Hmm. Vent radioactive gas? I guess that's a y e s.

Press tab to continue? Oooh, I want a Tab. Let me go get a cup.
 
2012-04-01 11:15:21 AM
If you can do your job from home... Someone else can do your job from another country.
 
2012-04-01 11:15:41 AM
Based on the number of people I see at my job sitting around gabbing with each other, I would wager they would get more done at home.

Difficulty: I work in a lab
 
2012-04-01 11:15:59 AM
Remember, kiddies, if your job can be done from home, it can be done from India. Watch what you wish for.
 
2012-04-01 11:15:59 AM
I work from home about 75% of the time. The rest of the time is business travel to visit clients. When I work from home Im not as productive. Frankly, I hate it. Some day I'll likely get laid off as will most of my coworkers. I dread job hunting in this economy but I really look forward to working in an office again, being surrounded by other people, the daily routines, etc. I know it sounds crazy if you've been immersed in cubicle life for years but I miss it.
 
2012-04-01 11:16:11 AM
I always work better when I can toss one off at my desk at any given moment.
 
2012-04-01 11:16:26 AM
Wally tells me that personal productivity peaks pursuant perhaps partly, but particularly per proper placement of persons purposly producing.

/coffee soon
 
2012-04-01 11:16:33 AM
Yeah well bosses can go fark themselves.

/Do it yourself, lazy ass.
 
2012-04-01 11:16:54 AM
stonent

Nice.. beat me by 28 seconds. It's true though.
 
2012-04-01 11:17:27 AM
My most senior employees are free to work anywhere they like as long as they spend as much time in the office as is necessary to gather the required information directly from me. Of course that has a lot to do with the insane ammount of travel the job requires. You get used to people working long distances when everyone is scattered all over the globe.

So, if they choose to spend the days they are in town working from their own homes that's just fine. It makes everyone happier in the end.

That said the rank and file must come to work everyday because without them I would get nothing done.

I also have several specialties workers that never come to the office at all and in fact live hundreds or thousands of miles away.

Of course you occasionaly run into someone who abuses the system. But that is pretty rare. The work load is generally so overwhelming there is little time to bullshiat. And bullshiatters get weeded out pretty quickly.
 
2012-04-01 11:19:22 AM

stiletto_the_wise: Remember, kiddies, if your job can be done from home, it can be done from India. Watch what you wish for.


If you job is working in an office it can be done from India.
 
2012-04-01 11:20:14 AM
I don't like working from home. I like to keep my work life and my home/family life separate. I'm frequently on call, and unless I'm looking at a quick fix or just answering a question, I'll go into the office if I get called. Of course, it helps that I live really, really close to where I work.
 
2012-04-01 11:20:36 AM
I get far more done working from home. No 1/2 hour discussion of yesterdays ball game, no gaggle of ladies on the other side of the wall gabbing (loudly) about their latest diet, no dude on the other side of my cube wall biatching about the ladies being too loud...

I am in constant contact if needed, IM, phone, email.

Bliss. Too bad it's only twice a month.
 
2012-04-01 11:25:49 AM

Urthel: EMC, IBM, Hitachi, or are you calling NetApp enterprise class?


Ouch...Netapp hate. They work great when configured properly.

//Netapp, EMC, HDS admin
///Works from home
 
2012-04-01 11:26:36 AM
I worked in a call center doing B2B sales. I then got a job at another company doing the same thing in the same industry, only I got to work from home. It was nice getting to work from home but I always felt a bit out of the loop, and I realized that working from home meant working alone. I missed the energy of the call center, being surrounded by a bunch of people doing the same thing. It was much harder to get motivated just sitting in my quiet living room by myself.
 
2012-04-01 11:27:04 AM
I used to get more done at home because it meant my annoying-as-fark supervisor couldn't keep interrupting me with stupid questions because he didn't know how to do his job.

Now I don't get any more done at home because the boss gave my annoying-as-fark supervisor my phone number so he could keep interrupting me with stupid questions because he doesn't know how to do his job.

/we have instant messenger and email, asshole, writing your query for you really isn't an emergency
 
2012-04-01 11:27:12 AM

Petit_Merdeux: I always work better when I can toss one off at my desk at any given moment.


For me, it became all about the tossing. I got very little work done at home. Too easy to get "distracted."

/no discipline
/darn interwebs
 
2012-04-01 11:28:22 AM
It's because people are more productive without pants.
 
2012-04-01 11:28:38 AM

stonent: If you can do your job from home... Someone else can do your job from another country.


stiletto_the_wise: Remember, kiddies, if your job can be done from home, it can be done from India. Watch what you wish for.


That is only partially true. It very much depends on the particular job. Simple data entry or transcribing? Sure.

Actual product creation? You also have to factor in skill, corporate insight, tribal knowledge. And I can be in front of a customer in 20 minutes if need be. Can't do that from Bangalore.
 
2012-04-01 11:32:54 AM
I am much more productive at home. Of course, I have a pair of 27 inch screens at home, and can pull up documents on one and do the work on the other.

Unfortunately, working from home is interspersed with trips to the fridge, mowing the lawn, and laundry.
 
2012-04-01 11:33:02 AM
images.wikia.com

Look, it has gotten to the point where I find pants restrictive. I could opt for the cape, but I don't want to look like a weirdo. So I went with the muu muu.
 
2012-04-01 11:33:48 AM
These things are largely culturally. Companies that have teams spread around the globe benefit from employees working from home and have the tools in place to support it. Companies that have only one or two locations - it really doesn't work. To get things done require you to show up.

/used to work for the former - now work for the latter
//still maintain a 50/50 office/home mix
 
2012-04-01 11:38:34 AM

stonent: If you can do your job from home... Someone else can do your job from another country.


there are many service, install & maintenance techs across America who work out of their homes. they cover a local territory.

in the suburbs there are taxi services run from ones home.

some people have a small business in their house. bookkeeping, accounting, hair dressers, blahblahblah.
 
2012-04-01 11:38:52 AM
It's been my experience that the only managers who won't let people from home are the ones who don't trust themselves to work well from home. They project their own weaknesses onto the team.

I've heard arguments like the one Slives presented above, and they just don't hold water. I've worked with my office door closed all day and nobody has ever noticed or said anything. I've been farmed out to other groups in other buildings to work on projects, but they said that I could do their work remotely. But no -- in that case, I have to stay in my original office.

That's right; my boss said that I should go work in another building for a few days. The other building said that I didn't need to be in their building. Neither party needed me there, but working from home wasn't an option.

Slives: Working from home has lots of benefits, but those little periods where somebody steps away from their system even if just long enough to tell the Girl Scouts they have already bought enough boxes of cookies this year, leaves the rest of the team in a form of limbo. As a team supervisor, I can say that is the part that bothers me the most about having the team working from home.

Because people never take bathroom breaks or anything either.

Fortunately, there *are* work-from-home jobs, and they pay well. The ones that are too uptight about it are the ones that are going to end up losing.
 
2012-04-01 11:38:55 AM
I'm just as unproductive at home as at work. Ideally a rotating 2 or 3 days a week at home would work for me, there are so many things that can only be done during the day but the structure and environment at an office help productivity.

Working from home seems easier when you have a home office, a place to get away from things.
 
2012-04-01 11:40:11 AM
DNRTFA

But IBM did a study a while back and found people had higher productivity at home, so my wife works from home as does everyone she works with at the company. I don't think the whole of IBM does but...
 
2012-04-01 11:40:21 AM

badhatharry: I work from home and spent a week at the office. All the people there just fark around all day long. It made me realize that I am working way too hard.


It seems the main advantage to working in the office is being current on office politics. The main disadvantage is also being current on office politics. I'm much more productive outside the office. When I do need to go into the office, I try to get there about 2 hours before everyone else. I can get more done in that first 2 hours than in the following 4 or 5 hours.
 
2012-04-01 11:40:42 AM
As mentioned several times already, no distractions make for a productive day. Of course, I don't have kids, pets, and I live in an apartment complex where we don't get girl scouts ringing the bell to sell cookies, so that might be a part of it.

Then there's the time I don't spend walking to things that are further away when I'm at work:
-Coffee is only about 12 steps away, not 200ft. I only need 1 or 2 cups of it every day instead of 4 since the stuff I make isn't watered down garbage.
-Water is 7 steps away, not 150ft.
-Bathroom is 7 steps away, not 150ft. There's never anybody else in it to make me wait.
-Printer/scanner is right next to me, not 100ft. Nobody else is ever printing 50 technical manuals on it and making me choose between waiting a half hour, or printing at the next closest printer 400ft away.
 
2012-04-01 11:42:47 AM
Meh. I'd rather not let my work life infest my home. Work is work, and it's not bad, but when I get home and shut the door I like that my workday is over.
 
2012-04-01 11:44:28 AM

Endive Wombat: Working from home can make sense based off your job roll - IT support, you should probably be in the office. Inside sales - you can get away with working from home


How so? My ~3000 servers are in datacenters I'm rarely in, and my team is spread across 5 countries. Since at any given time I'm not physically where most of the stuff I work on is, what makes driving in to the office better than being some other place where the servers aren't?

As long as people are accessible by phone and chat, and are working, I don't see any difference where they're sitting. And I am a lot more productive when I work from home, there are far fewer interruptions and the coffee is better.
 
2012-04-01 11:49:32 AM
One of the biggest problems is meetings.

My mother showed me her calendar one day. I immediately laughed so loud that people nearby stopped working and came to visit (we working in the same building, so). It was meeting after meeting after meeting. The only time she has to sit down and do work is when she teleworks. That is one day every two weeks.

This meeting shiat has gotten out of hand. Send a farking e-mail, your people are adults who can do their jobs. And if they aren't able to do their jobs without eternal meetings, fire them and hire somebody who will.
 
2012-04-01 11:50:17 AM
What if you're a manager that works from home?

Seriuosly though, it depends in what you're doing. I'd rather have a face-to-face meeting than conference call. I normally work from home one day a week and do administrative stuff, but if there's a meeting scheduled that day I'll go in so my calendar isn't marked Out of Office. Nobody else on my team has a scheduled day, but they're much closer to work and everyone is just as productive if they're in the office or home.
 
2012-04-01 11:50:22 AM
I was more reproductive from home.
 
2012-04-01 11:56:47 AM

Klivian: Based on the number of people I see at my job sitting around gabbing with each other, I would wager they would get more done at home.

Difficulty: I work in a lab


Hahaha, this made me remember helping at my dad's lab as a kid. I had no idea what anyone was doing, I was like ten, but I was a better worker than some of the grad students.

/most of them were great
//some of them, in retrospect, I don't even know how they made it through four years of college
 
2012-04-01 12:00:27 PM

badhatharry: If you job is working in an office it can be done from India.

 
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