'Hey Boss, Can I Work at Home Today?': Why the Answer Should Be 'Yes'

'Hey Boss, Can I Work at Home Today?': Why the Answer Should Be 'Yes'
From Recruiter - September 15, 2016

As technology advances, more workers than ever before are working remotely. There has been a 103 percent increase in companies that use remote work since 2005, according to Global Workplace Analytics. Additionally, 38 percent of workers in management, business, and financial operations occupations, as well as 35 percent of those employed in professional and related occupations, did some or all of their work from home in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Traditionalists argue that working at home decreases productivity, but theres little proof to supportthat line of thought. If anything, new tech has made remote work just as productive as in-office workif not more so.

Advances in technology over the last 10 years definitely make it easier for companies to support teams that work remotely, says Sara Sutton Fell, founder and CEO of FlexJobs, a company that helps connect workers with remote positions, and founder of, a website that gives companies information on remote work programs. And anatural progression has occurred right alongside the widespread adoption of smartphones and tablets, where people are conducting work outside of the traditional office building. Whether or not a company officially supports remote work, theres a very good chance their employees are already working remotely to some extent. Thankfully, companies are starting to realize that if they put some structure around this growing tendency to work from outside the office and actively support remote work, it can be a big benefit to business.

In Practice: Advice from Those Who Know

During a survey of 102 companies about their remote work policies, programs, and practices, the team received dozens of positive comments and advice about remote work programs. A few of Sutton Fells favorites were:

1. In order to select and build the tools, systems, habits, and culture that really enable remote working, everyone has to feel both the pain and benefitsespecially the companys leadership.Jake Goldman, president and founder of 10up, Inc.

2. Having a remote workforce allows us a much deeper talent pool to select from as we look for world-class people to deliver our unique brand of world-class service. It also provides us with more flexibility in terms of managing the volume across our servicing network. Weve been able to offer more part-time and even split-shift options because those flexible work arrangements appeal to many of the employees who work virtually. Victor Ingalls, vice president of world service at American Express.

3. Always begin with the end in mind. Starting with your strategy, ask yourself what you want your product and organization to achieve. If remote work ultimately lines up with your vision and goals, then it might be worth investigating further.Brian de Haaff, cofounder and CEO of Aha! Labs, Inc.


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