One in seven of the UK’s working population now operates from home, that’s a total of 4.2 million people. But is working from home really the most productive place to work?
Marissa Mayer, Chief Executive at Yahoo obviously doesn’t think so, after she recently banned all staff from working at home. “Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people and impromptu team meetings”, she said in a memo. “Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo! And that starts with physically being together.”
Deloitte on the other hand have recently invited their 12,000 UK staff to apply for flexible working under their ‘agile working programme’. They want to give employees the opportunity to be successful while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
Recent stats have shown that three out of four people that work from home are classed as highly skilled and highly paid. It seems that the large corner office is no longer enough to please the high-flyers with ‘working from home’ being the new status symbol.
Stuart Jefferson, Head of Design at Office Principles explains that in order to keep people in the office, the workplace needs to be inspirational and a motivating. Many companies are looking to implement workplace strategies to help them understand how their employees work, and how they can create an office which best supports them.
Where do you work most productively? At home, or in the office?