Tag Archives: Remote Working

A new study reveals what people really do when they work from home – Slate

A new survey suggests that most employers are dubious about tele-working with half of workers suggesting that their boss disapproves of remote working, and only 35% say it’s tolerated.

The same survey, perhaps, reinforces such doubts as it shows that 43% of workers have watched TV or a movie while “working” remotely, while 35% have done household chores, and 28% have cooked dinner.

This article, however, argues that tele-work can make workers more efficient, and represents a cheap way for employers to provide a valued workplace perk.

Read more at Slate.

Whatever happened to remote working? – The Guardian

Only 13% of the UK workforce work from home despite research suggesting a 13% increase in productivity for remote workers. This article questions why remote working has not become mainstream suggesting multiple issues, including:

  • A lack of trust in employees to work effectively without supervision.
  • A belief on the part of employees that promotion will be harder to achieve while working out-of-sight.
  • The attraction of the office as a social space.
  • Availability of, and costs involved in properly equipping the home with, necessary technology.
  • Laws that only grant parents the right to request flexible working.

Read more at The Guardian.

Working from Home: A Work in Progress – HBR Blog

Reporting work-in-progress data from new research, this post notes that US bank workers reported strong positive feeling about working from home. Moreover:

participants felt that they made more progress when they worked from home. The reasons they cited included increased focus, greater creativity, saved time that would otherwise have been spent commuting, and feeling relaxed and comfortable.

However, they go on to note that the nature of the work is important. In this case it was inherently independent and repetitive; other kinds of work may require more face-to-face interaction and less flexibility.

Read more on the HBR Blog.

New Research: Flexibility Versus Face Time – HBR Blog

As companies such as Yahoo! and Best Buy have rescinded flexible working programmes new research has looked at the experiences of flexible working from the perspective of MBA graduates.

Most reported at least some flexibility in their workplace and this was used equally by male and female respondents. Women, however, were more likely to be remote workers whereas men were more likely to use flexible working hours within their regular workplaces.

The survey also found that a lack of flexibility would damage the career aspirations of ‘high potential employees’. This particularly impacted female workers who, in workplaces with little or no flexible working, would be less likely to go after ‘stretch assignments and promotions’.

Read more on the HBR Blog.

Winning Support for Flexible Work – HBR Blog

Even as new communications technologies make flexible working more possible the reality is that few companies have official policies and even fewer managers are open to or equipped to handle employees with alternative schedules. Furthermore, despite research demonstrating improved productivity, there are still issues of trust, with a persistent belief that flexible and remote working encourages a lax attitude to work.

This blog post suggests that workers may be able to help themselves get the flexible working patterns they want by being clear about what they need, and by working with employers to respond to their needs and show that work does get done and that flexible working may even be a net gain to the organisation.

Read more on the HBR Blog.

American men work from home more than women – Quartz

Vickie Elmer reports on research that shows more US men engage in remote working than women.

Data from 556 telephone interviews with full-time workers showed that 36% of men reported doing most of their work from remote places, including home, compared to 23% of women. This echoes previous research that showed a higher proportion of men than women taking advantage of remote working.

Read more on Quartz.