The arguments and theories as to why are all over the board but the consensus seems to be that:
- Innovation is better when teams are together (this is true for accountants to programmers/developers)
- Employees are not as dutiful at home as they might be in the workplace
- By forcing employees to get to work each day they will drive out some employees and actually lower overhead and have a stronger/leaner workforce in the long run
- It is very expensive to house your workforce (square footage, office supplies, heating/cooling, electricity, shoveling sidewalks, taking out trash, etc.) so this is not about the bottom line
- People love to make things about more/bigger than they are.
- It ain't for me. Put me in an office. Let me have a HOME and an OFFICE. Let me traverse the two as a way of mentally switching gears. Give me people that I respect and that inspire and challenge me. Let me have a break room to talk trash in (my dining nook just doesn't cut it). Let me separate church and state.
- Let's make this about what it IS about . . . the WORK! If you are WORKING (diligently or otherwise) you should not need to be "here" or "there" to do it. But if you are really working "here" or "there" it will annoy you to be second guessed or forced to change. Your WORK may suffer accordingly. But for every person I knew at Big Blue that was a solid remote employee, I knew two that would have dogs and adult children making noise during conference calls, they would never be on Sametime (instant messaging) and they would always have lame excuses for why not. Then again, for every person in my cubicle farm that was stellar, there was one that was not. WORK, people. That is why they PAY YOU! Put a divide between each of your worlds. Close the door. Focus. Do great work.
- If I hear one more "pundit" make this all about poor women and poor mothers with NO allowance for the fact that men are torn with work and home that fathers are actually dutiful to their children and that there is the occasional penis-carrier in the cross hairs of this debate I'm going to SNAP. My ex-wife is far better at "home" - she loves it. Would be a full time mom in a heartbeat. I would lose my mind. I want, no NEED to work. I want to go there and come home. Bring bread and/or bacon (I don't eat the stuff any more but analogies being what they are . . . ) with me. I love the crap out of my child and will take time off when she's ill and juggle the two but I'm not conflicted on doing WORK when people pay me to WORK. Does this make the point about mothers and fathers and the divide on this debate? Nope. Because I'm one example - ONE. I know lots of women that allow their child to convalesce for days if a deadline at worked loomed and I know men that are homemakers, lead parents, and fantastic at it. STOP with the gender bias crap. Work life balance is not gender specific. Nor it is it any easier for either gender.