A short time ago Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo!, shocked all telecommuters when she implemented a corporate policy preventing telecommuting. Her actions left those who work from home defending their privilege!
- A 2014 study by the Society for Human Resource and Families and Work Institute found that “67% of companies allow workers to work remotely occasionally, up from 50% in 2008” and
- A Gallup State of the American Workplace report found that people who work remotely are more engaged, enthusiastic and committed to their work — but only if they work outside the office 20% of the time or less.
So where does your company land in all this?
It seems to me as though file sharing, electronic communications, and mobile workplaces have made working from home a very easy solution and one that seems to satisfy younger generations and their need for flexibility.
While I believe the flexibility is critical to recruiting and maintaining the top performers, I also believe in the value of good old-fashioned face-to-face interactions.
There is little that can take the place of the accountability that comes from sitting down with your employee, the communication and flow that comes from employees conversing sporadically to get informed and the camaraderie that comes from everyone working together to reach a desired end!