WFH? When is it okay to Work from Home?
June 14, 2017
Have you considered Working from Home? According to The New York Times, at least 43% of Americans report working from home at least some portion of their work week, and that number is expected to grow. Employees are driving this shift; in fact, offering flexibility is a key factor many employees take into consideration when making employer decisions. As reported in an AfterCollege survey of millennials, 68% are more interested in companies that offered the ability to work remotely.
But is working from home actually beneficial? Well, the statistics point to yes. According to Remote.co, two-thirds of managers reported their employees who worked remotely increased their overall productivity. That’s not all:
- 30% of telecommuters said working remotely allowed them to accomplish more in less time.
- 82% reported lower stress levels.
- 80% reported higher morale.
- 69% reported lower absenteeism.
- Job attrition rates fell by 50%.
- 87% of remote workers felt more connected (thanks to teleconferencing).
What do you need to know if you are considering working from home? First, it is important to note that working from home is not for everyone. To be effective, you need to have good project management skills, be disciplined, and have reliable technology and access to the internet. And, it is important to note that working from home is not right for all businesses.
If you feel you complete at least some of your work from home, then propose the flexible schedule via a formal proposal. Be sure to include the potential benefits, and address any potential counter arguments up front. Suggest a one-month review to connect with your boss to ensure the flexible schedule is working, and allow for tweaking.
There are many reasons people seek the flexibility to work from home. Regardless of your reason, set up an established area, preferably one where you will not be distracted. Let friends and relatives know that working from home must be respected and that it isn’t a time for socializing. Then, get to work.
Anne Converse Willkomm
Director of Graduate Studies