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Is working from home better than working from an office? Show more Show less
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With much of the world now working from home, it is time to revisit the question, is it better? From mental health, to productivity, to cost, is WFH really better than traditional office environments? Is WFH the future of work?

A balance of working at home and the office is best Show more Show less

Having a mixture of working from home and the office will create the best work environment for employees and increase productivity.
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A mix of working from home and the office is the best for productivity

Creating a hybrid schedule where employees will be granted the flexibility to work between home and the office will maximize productivity and motivation while allowing people to maintain face to face communication with coworkers.
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The Argument

Having a mixture of employees working from and at the office will generate the best results for a company. A hybrid work environment will give people the flexibility to complete work around their schedule instead of following strict office hours. Hiring a combination of remote and in-person employees expands the potential talent-pool.[1] Having a blend of telecommuting and in-person work eliminates the feeling of isolation and loneliness those who work from home can feel since they are still traveling to the office and communicating directly with employees. In-person interaction increases teamwork skills and expands knowledge.[2] Having employees both work from home and commute to the office will earn a company the most benefits. By having a hybrid work, people have more flexibility while working and continue to socialize and converse with coworkers on a regular basis.

Counter arguments

Having a hybrid work environment creates inequality among employees. Remote employees have more flexibility and time when working, which can create a gap in work performance when compared to office workers. Communication with office and remote workers can be challenging because some are relying on technology, while others have the luxury of face-to-face conversations.

Proponents

Framing

Having a blend of working from home and the office will bring out the best of both scenarios.

Premises

[P1] A hybrid work allows for flexibility. [P2] A hybrid work allows for in-person communication. [P3] Therefore, having a mixture of home and office work is best.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P3] A hybrid work will create inequality among employees.

References

  1. https://blog.prototypr.io/hybrid-working-is-the-future-e81da2d57b0e
  2. https://www.owllabs.com/blog/hybrid-team
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