Having worked in the world of recruitment for some time now, I have seen the demand develop over recent years for increased flexibility, specifically the option to work from home. When I joined the team at Leighton, I was impressed to see that this was one of the many benefits offered to employees, but I was also curious to see how this worked in practice.
Almost a year into my journey with Leighton, I have had my fair share of working from home days, and I can truly see the benefit for both employees and employers.
Personally, I tend to opt to work from home when it’s convenient; my car may be in for repair, or I’m expecting a delivery, or maybe I have an appointment close to home that day. For others it could be an option to allow them to get away from the busy office environment to get their head down, to be in the comfort of their own home, or perhaps they simply don’t fancy facing the outside world that day.
But does working from home work for everyone? Whatever your reason for working from home, it then becomes a matter of how productive you are. Other than the odd distraction of Sky Sports breaking news stories or my cat head-butting the laptop I’d say I’m equally (if not more) productive. Rather than my half hour commute at around 7:30am I am opening my laptop at that time. My Manager encourages working from home days knowing I am contactable if required. I am trusted that I am online and working during our core hours. I’m sure if my productivity fell off a cliff then questions would be asked which is fair enough.
For me working from home has huge benefits and I do enjoy the odd one but I do also enjoy being around the office and working alongside my colleagues. I don’t want my living room becoming my office so I keep the working from home days for when I really need them. I also have a very short attention span so it’s good to talk to others and not just to the cat that’s covering my keyboard in fur.
For work places that don’t offer this, why not? Recent data published by CIPD states that 65% of employees who have an element of flexibility to their working are satisfied with their role, compared to 47% of employees who don’t have any flexibility – And I would argue that satisfied employees are definitely more productive.
For people that do have this option, do you enjoy it? Do you feel guilty, or even worry that your motives and productivity are being questioned?
Please comment any thoughts you have, or to find out more about the opportunities we have (which all include the benefit of working from home) get in touch with me today on firstname.lastname@example.org