If you’re a manager of any kind, take a moment to think about the team you oversee. How many people in your department work from home at night—even if it’s just to catch up on a few emails? How many hop on a quick conference call while running errands during their lunch break?
One’s ability to work remotely depends on his or her position within the company. For example, it can be difficult for Managers, Directors or C-level executives to work outside of the office. Although these people frequently work outside of the office while traveling to meet with prospects, collaborate with partners and network with other thought leaders, during a regular workday these leaders’ should be on-premises in order to effectively oversee operations, direct and influence company culture and ensure team unity.
Imagine you’re working remotely today.
What does your workplace look like? If you’re working from home, you might be using some sort of duplicated office setting. Chances are just as likely, however, that you’re sitting on your sofa with your laptop propped up in front of you.
We have all been guilty of it at some point; whether it was while driving, on vacation or right before bed, we have all put in hours while off the clock. In fact, a recent study conducted by Cint found that seven out of 10 U.S. employees regularly work outside of office hours, most putting in about six hours per week in addition to their contracted hours.
With research showing that as of last year 20 percent of the global workforce—made up of 4.6 billion people—now telecommute, it’s clear that remote working is no longer a trend.
Did you know that 29 percent of telecommuters work from home only part of the week? In doing some research, we found that the majority of employees feel more productive while working from home; however, a good portion chooses not to do so full time for various reasons. The choice to come into the office to work when desired or as necessary is now being supported by forward-thinking organizations that provide employees with a temporary office workstation.
There’s a lot of information being circulated across the Web about the importance of incorporating mobility into business processes and workflows, but what about organizations that are already highly mobile? For instance, only one member of our marketing team works out of Esna’s corporate HQ, while the rest of us work from home and satellite offices across North America.
2015: Death of the Cube Farm?
The “work from home” movement has been rapidly gaining momentum, but lately we have been seeing more employers allowing employees to work across multiple Internet-connected areas located on-premise (i.e. conference room, atrium, lunch table outside), removing the ball and chain feeling that comes with the cubicle.