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?
Yes, working from home is better than traditional offices
The advantages of WFH are clear, and companies miss big opportunities by not supporting their employees in working from home.
Working from home increases productivity
Employees tend to work longer hours when working from home.
Working from home saves time compared to working in a traditional office
Employees are able to save time by working from home, but they would have used this time if they were working in an office. For example, employees do not need to commute, get dressed in work attire and are free from distractions by colleagues. Therefore, it is better to work from home.
No, working from home is not better than traditional office work
There are real drawbacks to Working from Home. Traditional offices environments have advantages that WFH just can't compete with.
Serendipidous moments are missed when working from home
Water-cooler interactions, bumping into someone in the hallway, the random lunch meeting are all missed when working from home. Having a healthy social life is important to a person's mental health, as well as to the success of the company.
A balance of working at home and the office is best
Having a mixture of working from home and the office will create the best work environment for employees and increase productivity.
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.