Is working from home really more productive?
Last weekend my wife and I were round our friend's house for our thrice-yearly CDWM (Come Dine with Me) experience. As usual, I was asked about how my job was going and Apprentify in general. The topic of 'working from home' (or WFH) was raised and the floodgates opened...
Apprentify focuses on businesses across the North of the UK with primarily focus on proving digital marketing apprentices in Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and York. However, I live in Swindon. A little too far to commute on a daily basis! I spend most of my working time at home, travelling up to Apprentify HQ on average every other week for 2-3 days. Without this flexibility, and alongside my swimming and football coaching commitments, working for Apprentify would be near-on impossible.
My friend and I debated about the pro's and con's of WFH. His argument was mostly centred around his team and knowing that he has individuals within it that he couldn't trust to WFH. In his words, 'they would pretend they're working, but actually they'll be at Starbucks having a coffee!'
My response was, 'does it matter if they're doing a great job?'
I have had colleagues that openly admit that they 'can't do it' and that they just 'don't have the discipline.' I'm not naïve enough to think that working from home is for all businesses and/or individuals.
However, here are my top 10 benefits from WFH:
- I wake up and can be in my office within minutes. No frustrating commute or angry drivers to put me in a bad mood first thing
- Comfy clothes - No shirt, tie and trousers for me! Stick on my joggers and a hoody and I'm ready for work
- Refreshments and lunch on hand, saving me money not going to coffee shops or visiting a local supermarket for the £3.50 meal deal
- Company for our pets, particularly our 2 Jack Russell's that absolutely love our lunchtime walks when I need some time away from the laptop
- Peace and quiet - No office noise or interruptions. I even get to play my own music to match my mood or task at hand
- Contingencies - If a phone call from the school comes through because one of my children are ill, I'm there to collect and look after them
- Work space - I work from kitchen table. I have lots of natural light, ventilation and a comfy chair
- Change in scenery? No problem. I can walk up to our local high street and work from one of the coffee shops
- Productivity - Based on all the factors above, I get so much work done. I can focus and work at the times that suit me. I am also in touch with the entire Apprentify team by using effective communication tools such as Microsoft Teams and Adobe Connect. I'm on hand when they need me and visa versa. I'm hitting my targets and I strive to work harder and smarter for the great company I work for
- Personal Commitments - I coach swimming and football 3-4 evenings a week. I try and keep active myself by swimming, running and cycling. I enjoy cooking and I'm there for when my children return home from school and I get to eat dinner with my family round the table
All of these results in one happy, productive employee
Needless to say, I think I won the argument 🙂