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If it stands in company's code of conduct, my damn right to it. 10 47.62%
It might create conflict between employees or get me exposed in terms of job security. 2 9.52%
I have such option but never use it because of my integrity at workplace. 4 19.05%
Non of the above subject to further discussion. 6 28.57%
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Old 20.08.2012, 00:59
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i've seen different things in different workplaces. some employers are more modern and are concerned with outputs/results. others are rather backwards and only worry about the number of hours you have clocked.

i was really shocked to see that some companies have a clock in/clock out system for office jobs!
Yes, I did a project at one Swiss company (no names) where it was common to see people running to the office in the morning to "badge in" & then they went straight into the staff restaurant for breakfast (without "badging out!".
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Old 20.08.2012, 01:00
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Personally not a big fan of it for me or my staff.

In open plan setting, if people need focus on a deliverable no issue booking a meeting room for quiet.

I feel this so strongly now Ive started being self employed, and working from home office if not travelling, thinking of getting an outside office just to make the distinction between home and work.
Exactly my point. Some are able to be more productive when not distracted by e.g. too many usless meetings, coffee breaks, long lunch time with workmates, someone brought a cake and commuting to-and-fro...
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Old 20.08.2012, 01:03
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I did it in my previous job once in a while, when a bit sick to go to work but would not do it on a regular basis as it is easy to get distracted. Then again if you are in an open office environment it is better to do the stuff you need to concentrate on at home...
That's way I find it more conducive to work at home office than in open plan setup with too much chit-chat going on...
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Old 20.08.2012, 01:21
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Re: Pros and cons of home office :)

Thank you for all your replies and looking forward to more inputs from other members in similar shoes.

I do home office regularly every Friday for past couple of years. The reason being that I usually have meetings between my boss and I to whom I report only. He also pracices home office on Fridays so it makes it relatively easy. Under special circumstances I might come if required. I have an access to VPN and company's network resources which makes it very easy and productive.

However last Friday I came to the office and towards my surprise I saw that most of my colleagues were there.They were shocked to see me as well and asked what was the reason being that I'm there and what what...

I felt minor discomfort and sense of guilt that they clock the hours at their desks and I do not. Despite rationale behind it and productivity argument, you do not want to break away from the pack...
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Old 20.08.2012, 16:11
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Re: Pros and cons of home office :)

The theory of having a home office has to match the type of business and I could envisage folk involved in marketing or telesales, for example, that might entertain home working if the results were positive. Our business, by definition, precludes any working from home.I prefer to have all the flock in one place so that we can share synergies and react proactively to daily business priorities.
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Old 20.08.2012, 16:32
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Re: Pros and cons of home office :)

There is no right answer in this case.

I am an information systems consultant, so by definition, I am mobile. Officially, my home is my office, as my company is based in Saarbrücken, Germany, and I live outside of Basel at the moment. So "going to the office" is something that I do once or twice each month, when we have management meetings or other company events.

However, I am under contract 80% of the time to a customer here in the Basel region, working 4 days per week on site. I can, when appropriate, work remotely (from my home office), but this is rarely possible in my case. Much of my work involves talking with people and translating their ideas into presentations or documents. The work is fairly interactive and best accomplished face-to-face.

The main point that many people forget is that a great majority of "internal communications" take place at the proverbial water cooler. If you are just a voice on a speakerphone during a meeting, you're going to miss most of the information that is exchanged (body language as well as the discussions during coffee breaks). There is no substitute for being there "in person".
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Old 20.08.2012, 16:42
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The theory of having a home office has to match the type of business and I could envisage folk involved in marketing or telesales, for example, that might entertain home working if the results were positive. Our business, by definition, precludes any working from home. I prefer to have all the flock in one place so that we can share synergies and react proactively to daily business priorities.
Also depends on the size of the business; if you have a multi location or multi national business then you do not have all the flock in one place.

As others have posted, with VPN, telephone conferences, Live meeting type tools, etc. you can share synergies and react proactively no matter where people are located.
As a matter of interest in what format do you receive possible changes to daily business priorities; email, phone, mail?
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Old 20.08.2012, 16:50
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The main point that many people forget is that a great majority of "internal communications" take place at the proverbial water cooler. If you are just a voice on a speakerphone during a meeting, you're going to miss most of the information that is exchanged (body language as well as the discussions during coffee breaks). There is no substitute for being there "in person".
Chatting & gossip; what a way to run a business.

Sooner or later the business will grow & meetings will cover multi locations & later multi countries; face to face meetings will no longer be possible so we might as well learn how to cope now.
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Re: Pros and cons of home office :)

OH thinks it's a great idea.

I, on the other hand, am getting seriously p***ed off.



Working from home/home office is a great concept provided you have appropriate facilities to maintain a professional atmosphere without impinging on the normal activity of the household.

I worked from home while doing freelance projects in many other countries - but I had larger homes, a separate work space - and OH was at his office, so my activities didn't affect his.

Here in CH we live in a much smaller house - OH has a separate office, but sound travels. When he is working from home the mutts and I tiptoe around on eggshells, trying to be silent. We can't do any of our normal daily activities because background noise would be unprofessional.

The concept works well IF one's job is such that evidence of the home environment is acceptable. But when it's not - the home office thing can be terribly restricting to the rest of the family.

(Not to mention that whole 'Hon, would you fetch me a coffee?' thing...)

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Old 22.08.2012, 00:04
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We can't do any of our normal daily activities because background noise would be unprofessional.

The concept works well IF one's job is such that evidence of the home environment is acceptable.
Very true but it is hard to believe that anybody has a role where evidence of the home environment is not acceptable.

I suspect this exists more in OH's head then reality.
I interface with many people who work from home & background noise is a part of it; better, or at least no worse, than the professionals who live in their cars on their car phones or are located under flight paths or next to major autobahns or sit in open offices with a high level of background noise.

Finally if the OH is not totally transparent about where they work then what else is being covered up that could spring up & bite you?
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Very true but it is hard to believe that anybody has a role where evidence of the home environment is not acceptable.
Um... you haven't met my dogs, have you?

While OH is happy to live in a kennel, he draws the line at working in one.
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Re: Pros and cons of home office :)

Used to prefer the workplace, but would now take home office any day. Unfortunately, only available for a select few. So have to try to concentrate through:
- loud footsteps
- electronic equipment
- traffic noise
- e-mail spam (boss likes circulating 'feelgood' messages)
- unannounced interruptions from silent-toed boss (great when trying to phone and you find boss standing behind you)

It's doin' me 'ead in...
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Re: Pros and cons of home office :)

Richard Branson has a good point here. I think that instead of clocking up their time sheets and fool the employer with their presence people should be given option of doing their job at home unless you are a pilot flying the plane. It not only could boost self esteem but also productivity whilst being around your beloved family is very important.

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