As our past few posts have dealt with creating an office that feels like home, we thought we would throw in a spin off topic – working from home.
Many swear by it and it makes sense. Your home office design has some of the same essentials as your company’s environment. You don’t ask for much, only an office desk, computer, and that trusty IV line of coffee pumping through you. Only difference is, you ditch the office cubicle and say hello to the home field advantage of privacy. Here at OstermanCron it would be nice to occasionally lounge in our home office furniture, answering emails in pajama pants and spending oodles of extra quality time with our dogs.
However, not to burst anyone’s bubble, many workers shouldn’t expect to make that office move to home anytime soon. While office relocation from the office to home has grown nearly 80% since 2005, this still only makes up a total 2% of the entire US Workforce. Although there are predictions that our technology driven future holds place for far more telecommuters, that’s not necessarily a “home run” for every company. Here’s why:
Working at home means missed opportunities for collaboration. For most companies, collaboration is crucial. Hallway exchanges and impromptu team get-togethers around conference tables spur ideas and innovation. This simply can’t be replicated at home.
Even though you may not expect to be receiving telecommuting advice from a Cincinnati office furniture company, here are a few other people who can’t agree more. In June 2015, Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo!, ruled a no work from home policy for her company. In a message to 14,500 Yahoo! employees, Mayer wrote: “Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together.”
While technology certainly offers a variety of communication options including conference calls and video chats, nothing will ever compare to the comradery and teambuilding that face-to-face collaboration in the office creates.