Working from Home on Fridays
This graphic from Splashtop shows some of the health and economic reasons for working from home.
But why limit it to Fridays?
Some time ago I did some work for a professional services firm, at their instance a number of us had to work from their office, but 90% of our work was with overseas teams on very different time zones. Equally that was true for may of their employees.
There was no real value in having people sit at a desk, as often their managers were either in a different part of the country, and often in a different country!
The costs of managing the buildings, IT, the costs to the individuals of travel etc… it just did not make sense at any level.
Tough economic times
In these tough times, from both a managing business cost perspective, and from a retention perspective, I cannot understand why we are still following an 1800s approach to the workplace.
By not financing a desk in an office, the only real different in cost is provision of broadband at home! – £30 a month – how much does it cost to have a desk.. £10 a day?
Once an employee has adapted to home working, many will not want to return to an office. this then becomes a retention tool, as people are more willing to stay for the convenience and reduces costs/ working day.