The Conundrum of a “Work From Home” Policy

This topic fits squarely within the “first world problems” bucket. Essentially, not only do technology workers in not have to do any manual labor, work in air conditioning, and have perks like health insurance, they ALSO want to be able to get paid to work from their homes. To say it another way, they want to make just as much money if they never get out of bed, than if they came into the office. For people outside the technology industry looking in, this entire debate is ludicrous, but I assure you, the debate rages on. People have quit jobs, and refused to take jobs, based simply on if they had a liberal “Work From Home” policy.

I am going to try my best to do this debate justice by arguing both sides, and assessing the arguments validity. To do this, I have broke this article into two sections:

Why we should work from home

  • The Commute
  • We work from home on sick days
  • We work from home when there is bad weather
  • We are more productive at home
  • Everyone else allows working from home
  • Working from home helps recruiting
  • We already have remote offices
  • You can monitor productivity remotely
  • You should trust your employees
  • You should be sensitive to family responsibilities

Why we should not work from home

  • Employees need supervision
  • It is more secure to work from the office
  • There is better equipment at the office
  • The office offers improved collaboration
  • The office has less distractions that home
  • Some job roles must be done in the office
  • Communication is more effective face-to-face
  • Sometimes it is important to reach you immediately

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