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Working From Home: Is It For You? [INFOGRAPHIC]

by . July 9th, 2015

Home-based workers continue to increase in number. Here’s why it’s a good thing. 

Well, mostly. Generally speaking, being able to do certain types of work from home is a good thing. It’s certainly better for the environment: No pollution from the daily commutes for one. It’s great for saving both employers and employees a ton of cash.

But it’s a bit more nuanced than that. NeedaOffice sent us an infographic on the work from home trend that paints things in a positive light. But as we’ve explained in previous posts, it’s certainly a bit more nuanced than the infographic below.

Working-From-Home-Infographic

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Some things about working from home you should know

  • A lot of the benefits of that come with working at home taper off over time
  • Higher performers are more likely to prefer working from home.
  • Conversely, lower performers tend to prefer the office.
  • Regardless of how productive workers are, long commutes tend to be the most dreaded part of a work day.
  • Your lagging employee / coworker might not need just to work from home; they might actually need psychiatric help
  • The ability to communicate clearly is essential not just for home workers, but for their office counterparts as well.
  • If your homeworking employee can’t move without constant supervision barely put a coherent sentence together via IM, perhaps Skype and video calls should be more prioritized…
  • …or maybe they should stay at the office.
  • Not subsidizing or providing necessary equipment and support to full-time homeworking employees can lead to some resentment
  • Be sure to always include home workers in real-life team building activities when practical.
  • Consider only offering a few days of the week available for telecommuting so both office and home-based employees are better aligned.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Arthur Piccio manages YouTheEntrepreneur and has managed content for major players in the online printing industry. He was previously BizSugar's contributor of the week. His work has appeared multiple times on The New York Times' You're the Boss Small Business Blog. He enjoys guitar maintenance and reading up on history and psychology in his spare time.

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