There’s so much buzz about work-from-home after Yahoo’s CEO, Marissa Mayer, banned telecommuting in Yahoo. I’ve never really experienced working from home. I did work at home when I was sick and something needed to be done or when things couldn’t be finished in the office and I was the only one left in the office during the wee hours of the night (plus some ghosts lurking).
But I think work from home will work if:
1. The travelling time from home to office is more than 1.5 hours.
2. There’s a stable internet connection in the house.
3. The projects are less dependent on face-to-face interactions.
4. There’s an established system to measure the productivity of the employee. If the company is focused more on delivering results on time, then measuring productivity will be easier.
5. You need to babysit your kids and you need to earn a living. 🙂
Work from home is not necessary if:
1. There’s a lot of brainstorming sessions needed for the project and physical interactions are more effective.
2. You don’t have internet connection at home (seriously??)
3. You are single and have no kids to take care (but what about the Parteeh?? :D)
4. Your office has slides, billiards table, swimming pool, massage room, sauna, gym, kitchen, free food, free drinks, shower room, and closet. Hello Google office.
5. It’s not a result-oriented project.
6. There’s no established performance evaluation system.
I’d love to try telecommuting but it will be more like work-outside-office and not really work-from-home. I’ll probably be in some caffè or some public places where there’s a spontaneous movement of people. 🙂