Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, stated that he thought the home working policy being promoted during the London 2012 Olympic Games to reduce overcrowding on the transport network would be a "skiver's paradise" which shows further ignorance and mistrust.
Stay in Touch
Some people may find working from home a demoralising experience as you have no-one to validate your efforts. But the fact we have technology available now to allow working from home does not mean you have to be isolated and work alone. It is important to keep in touch with your team to remain inspired and aware.
I heard a business owner say many employees cite childcare and family commitments as reasons to prefer working from home, plus rising commuting costs, but she openly declared that these were not things she cared about and that she needed her employees in the office and doing their job there.
As someone who has worked in open plan offices and from home I know where I get more work done. With the constant interruptions from calls and colleagues, plus emails from people who are just across the room, an office environment has a lot more buzz than home but does not suit my working style. I achieve a lot more when working from home in peace and setting my own schedule.
Are Your Really Working?
I'm also aware how easy it is to appear to be busy in an office but to not actually get anything done. That emailing across the room is a good example and the constant coffee breaks and gossip chats near the kettle might be fun but they are hardly what the boss is paying for either. When I was a smoker I regularly offered to deliver things to other nearby offices as no-one else wanted to go out. And as they didn't want to go they wouldn't comment on how long I took.
Balancing Your Day
Working from home is not all about planning your next trip to the fridge for more cheese as the buffoon Boris Johnson suggested. Yes, home workers can meet a friend for coffee at 10.30am on a weekday but what is not seen is them making up the hours when the 9-5 office workers are watching TV in the evenings.
The BBC has a great article on this topic. I absolutely agree with the conclusion that an IT based company such as Yahoo! banning their employees from remote working is completely counterproductive. What do you think?