The pros and cons of working from home

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With one in seven of us now working from home – a total of around 4 million people – the question arises as to which is the best place to work: the home or the office?

Yahoo’s Chief Executive, Marissa Mayers, certainly doesn’t think that working from home is a good idea. In fact she recently banned all Yahoo staff from working at home and in a memo said: “Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people and impromptu team meetings. Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo and that starts with being physically together.”

Working from home has become the latest status symbol, replacing a large corner office with an executive desk

In stark contrast, Deloitte have recently invited their 12000 UK employees to apply for flexible working under a new scheme they’ve christened the ‘agile working programme.’ Deloitte are hoping that the scheme will give their staff increased opportunities for success, whilst also maintaining a healthy work/life balance.

According to recent studies, three out of the four people who work from home are in the high skills/high pay bracket and so it would seem that working from home has become the latest status symbol, replacing a large corner office with an executive desk.

When given the opportunity to work in a well-designed office, studies have also shown that employee job satisfaction, productivity and motivation increase which, in turn leads to people wanting to come into the office.

So why not let us know where you work best? Or if you’d like more information on our inspirational office design and consultation services, why not get in touch?

Posted July 17, 2014

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