Several recent studies have reported that working in an office is less than ideal for several reasons. Not only does the physical environment stifle creativity, but simply the act of being in an office can be a distraction. From the small talk in the kitchen to the conference room birthday cake, many offices are filled with daily obligations that hinder productivity. Even more modern offices, with candy dispensers and bean bag workstations, don’t offer the privacy and freedom you get from working remotely.
We are an agile company, so we generally work in what are called sprints. In a traditional office, it’s almost impossible to work a sprint without some kind of interruption. Everyone jokes about wasting time at work and pointless meetings, but how many companies are looking for solutions?
According to a recent article in Forbes, an overwhelming 91% of workers surveyed said that they were more productive when they worked from home. They also reported being happier, feeling more valued, and felt they had a clearer understanding of their job objectives. So, if this is all true, then why are companies so reluctant to allow workers to work from home? It comes down to a perception that time equals productivity, but we all know that can be a logical fallacy. Just because an employee is sitting at their desk does not mean any work is actually being done. In fact, studies have shown that less is actually getting done. So, what if instead of hours worked the employee was given deliverables that needed to be met each week? How many employees would browse the internet if they knew they could go home once their tasks were completed? How many employees would be looking for another job if they were offered a perk like that? It’s time to change the way we think about how our companies are structured and move away from the factory model.
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