A relative of mine has my dream set up for her office. She works from home. Jealous, yes.
My current position requires a phone, computer, desk, stapler, 3-hole punch, Post-Its and of course meetings. On non-meeting days, I would much prefer a home office near a coffee pot flowing with non-office grade coffee (I’m a serious coffee snob). I have to wonder, as my cubicle is in a vacated hall, why in the world is this not an option? ESPECIALLY DURING A BLIZZARD!!!!
While I understand that I work in a fast paced production environment, the majority of my work is completed via my laptop and phone. I will soon be moving to a building completely removed from the items that I purchase. I do want to attend meetings, participate in projects, but I also want to concentrate on the daily tasks that I am required to accomplish to keep material on the shelf. One day at home, in a comfortable atmosphere, would really allow me to eliminate certain distractions and get the more tactical tasks completed. In a time of layoffs, limited raises and a poor economy, I realize that employee satisfaction isn’t a top priority for companies. But, I do believe offering the option to work at home or even a more flexible work schedule (4 day work week) would help to improve morale for employees working hard to maintain the same level of service provided a year ago with two times the number of employees.
Am I the only one who feels that there should be more opportunities for working from home?
Does anyone out there work from home? If so, are you productive? Do others feel the option to telecommute should not be an option? Please share!!