Working from home – is there a verdict?
Telecommuting, also known as remote work, is when work is undertaken at a different location than the head office to reduce the commuting time. Tele-working is a working arrangement where employees do not commute or travel at all. Although the terms are used interchangeably, they are in fact two very different things.
Telecommuting was first introduced in the early 1970's, when technology allowed linked satellite offices to connect to downtown mainframes through dumb terminals using telephone lines as a network bridge.
Technology undoubtedly, has enabled working from home possible as it provides a platform to deliver fluent communication and collaboration of employees, for example:
• WhatsApp - Groups
• Video Conferencing Applications
21st century digital work
2. Autonomy and freedom. Giving your employees the freedom to work from their most productive space each day, and to enjoy the benefits of flexible working hours, feeds employee satisfaction and trust.
3. Saving travel time. Employees who need to commute for long hours a day can be more productive if they can save unnecessary travel time.
There are several varieties of ‘working from home’ structures:
2. Work from home for 2-3 days of the week: A hybrid approach like this saves time on travel and commuting, but means the employee is available in the office for the other days of the week.
3. Work from home, full-time: Also known as Tele-working. In this structure, the employee is only required to be in the office for meetings when video calls or conference calls aren’t an option.
The automatic expectation has been that technology should improve communication and remove distance. But the study revealed that people use these tools to connect with people they see face-to-face as well.
Michelle Peluso, IBM, Chief Marketing Officer believes that, "There is something about a team being more powerful, more impactful, more creative, and frankly hopefully having more fun when they shoulder to shoulder."
In the working environment of today, employees are always working in teams. The lone worker has by in large fallen away. Now-days, employees in most industries, and especially in the software space, prefer to work in Agile team structures that are multi-disciplinary.