How Not to Work From Home, According to the Giants of Tech
Set a schedule: To work effectively from home, map out your schedule and create a prioritized “To Do” list the night before, says Holly Reisem Hanna, founder of The Work at Home Woman . “That way when you sit down to work, you’ll know exactly what needs to be done.” 2. Be realistic: Set reasonable goals about what you can accomplish and how long projects will take, says Alex Iwashyna , a freelance writer and blogger who works from home. “You really have to manage your time well,” she said, adding that something you think only takes 30 minutes could actually take two hours. 3. Be ruthless about your time: Learn to say no, says Holly Reisem Hanna of The Work at Home Woman .
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Does Working From Home Work?
Take HP. Yes, the company is encouraging a return to the office, writing in a memo obtained by All Things D that HP needs all hands on deckto build a stronger culture of engagement and collaboration. But consider the context: Just a few years ago, the company was all but shoving some employees out of the offices by HPs own admission . To cut HPs real estate holdings and reduce costs, former CEO Mark Hurd cut back on physical space, installed flexible office technology and encouraged telecommuting. Expecting a 70-year-old company with a longstanding office culture to maintain its collaborative strengths as its workers were suddenly sent home and set adrift amid spending cuts was not a viable strategy. So HP is, as it explained to the New York Times, making space for people who want to come back into the office, while leaving the old work-from-home policies firmly in place. Yahoo and Best Buy have also bent over backwards to make it clear that their own moves to get people back into the office are attempts to create work arrangements that function better over the long term. Under a series of short-term, underperfoming CEOs, Yahoo had reportedly seen its work-from-home system devolve into an escape from dysfunction at the office, with some employees avoiding doing any work at all or even launching their own startups. CEO Marrissa Mayer has said that by the time she arrived on the scene, employees complained that work-from-home arrangements kept teams from gelling, so workers were recalled to headquarters.
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Follow Comments Following Comments Unfollow Comments Shirking from home is how many people think of working from home. This commonly held assumption leads to a dilemma for start-ups and established businesses alike. Where are people most productive? What principles and policies should we create about working from? Do the benefits of co-location outstrip the costs? Working from home. (Photo credit: Britt Selvitelle) Research conducted at Stanford with a Chinese company reveals that working from home is actually more productive than working in the office and has other benefits in the form of increased job satisfaction and fewer people leaving, too. The company, CTrip (a Chinese equivalent of Expedia ), decided to cut spending on expensive Shanghai office space by inviting some of its staff to work at home.
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