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  1. Custodio de Oliveira

    As someone tweeted: “if you are efficient at the office, working from home will make you more efficient. If you are not efficient in the office, working from home will make you even less efficient.”. I agree 100% with this statement and honest think Mrs MM is nuts.

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  2. Nishan D Singh

    work from home, give you more stress, you need to be more active, online every second on the operating business day, cant miss any call, need to reply email quickly, people need quick answer else they will believe you are watching game or sleeping, where as work at office is more efficient, even if you moving around the lobby of business center, or chatting with friend at cafeteria, your business associate know you are working…….. and where as understanding and walking to business associate office is more efficient….more over I have seen people working from home, always have noises like dog barking, baby crying etc…. so the whole serious discussion go for a toss……:)

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  3. Jelena Perfiljeva

    Great subject and Interesting analysis, thank you for sharing. Just a suggestion – I’d repost this in Coffee Corner too, when it opens for business (in April?).

    I’m surprised interest among women is not higher, actually. Do you have any idea how much time does it take to get ready for work, unless you were blessed with natural beauty? When working from home, I’m saving at least 1 hour per day just on makeup and picking an outfit to wear (and then running to change it because my son spilled something on my shirt).

    Personally, I’d be less inclined to work for a company that has “all or nothing” policy. While I understand a need for collaboration and personal contact (although it varies dramatically depending on the kind of work you do), to me it’s also a signal that management does not trust their own employees. If there is such a huge need to keep close watch on all the employees at all times, as if they’re hamsters in a cage, then something is not right.

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  4. Nishan D Singh

    Jelena,

    I completely agree with you on this 🙂 , I have seen my sister love to work from home than office……. apologies for confusion….. good luck…

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  5. Navaneetha Krishnan

    Extremely valid point at the right time.

    The golden statement made here is ” If you are efficient in office, then you are more efficient in home. If you are less efficient in office, then you are completely inefficient in home”

    Ideally if employees are serious about work, the location shouldnt matter. In the perspective of Indian IT industry which supports mostly customers from US and Europe, virtual working (though it is from offices in India, customers are in US or Europe) is imminent. In this context, it really doesnt matter if the team is working in office or from home.

    Also in my opinion, if somebody is working from home, he is saving approximately 4hours everyday. I spend 4hours up and down from home to office and back. Most of the Indian IT crowd falls under this category. Working from home is really a time saver.

    If collaboration is an issue which necessitates working in office, I think we have not yet matured in our delivery pattern. There are abundant online collaborating tools and with that I dont think locations are constraints. We have been ;using communicator, online meetings, webex sessions, online trainings, weekly reviews over phones all through virtual means for which a location constraint doesnot exist at all.

    If mandatory work from office still holds its argument, long live the corporate bureaucracy!

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    1. Jacob Schur Post author

      Navaneetha, this is great commentary and a perspective I had not thought about until reading your comment. I agree that a mandatory work from office policy is a bit too constrictive. Not everyone thrives in the office just as not everyone can thrive at home due to distractions. Both work situations have their advantages, I think it is a matter of finding the appropriate balance based on the company, position, and the employee’s personal situation.  

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  6. Navaneetha Krishnan

    Thanks Jacob for ur comment.

    Unfortunately working from office in India is extremely painful as people are expected to work consistently over 12hours everyday. Spending 12 hours at work location and another 4hours to travel to office and back home doesnt leave sufficient time for us to even sleep 8hours. Such massive and strenous travel also makes people exhausted on the third day itself and normally people just drag themselves for the remaining two days.

    So in effect, last two days have exhaustion in store for people, no inspiration to go to office, no motivation to work etc…This also leads to lot of personal issues.

    If organisation considers a holistic analysis of working from home or office, then the effect of policies on the life and work life balance of employees should also be considered. Under these circumstances, a mandatory work from office is not a progressive step towards employee welfare.

    I completely agree with your balance of both the approaches.

    It is an Indian perspective though 🙂

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  7. Cory Tse

    good article again Jacob.

    i think the one thing it’s missing is the intangibles around working in an office space with others, the knowledge tranfer that takes place and information sharing.

    Plus in some cases, things like corporate policies.

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