Being an office worker myself, the idea of working from home has always intrigued me and caused to wonder whether it is something that I may wish to incorporate into my working life.
Accordingly to research carried out by Seareach with 2000 office workers, only 21% are allowed to work from home, with a further 16% with some restrictions in place.
Security is obviously a big concern and many employers have cited fairness and productivity as potential reasons why they may not like the idea of staff working outside of the office environment.
Staff jealously of other co-workers having flexible hours and working from home days can also be a factor. People do tend to wonder whether in fact any work is actually being done or whether their co-worker is just in fact sitting in front of the television, channel hopping with their feet up.
From my point of view, working from home can be greatly benefit and something that I do from time to time when I have projects on the go that require concentration and little distraction. Other staff members calling into your office, the telephone ringing and other smaller projects being brought in for your attention can all cause a huge intrusion and cause you extra time.
Whenever I have a project that will involve pages and pages of notes or statement preparing, working from home is perfect for me. I am able to organise what I need to do and do my work in a quiet, calm environment where I know that I will not get disturbed and as a result, the work gets done faster.
The mental stress that comes with working in an office too is often negated when you know that you have the flexibility in your job to take your own work and work on it there.
As long as the work is done and in a timely fashion, in the days of Skype, email and the internet, do we really need to go into the office every day any more?
All images from Pixabay. Collaborative piece.