Is working from home helpful?
Maybe. This article discusses that people who work from home often work harder and have other issues. I have read other studies that show that after 40 hours a week, your productivity goes down. People need breaks and I wonder how focused you can be when your work and home are the same?
I have noticed wherever I have worked, that the people who tend to work from home are managers or owners. Very few of non white-collar jobs have the opportunity to work from home. Many people could work from home, but are not given that opportunity. I don’t know why. The office isn’t magically more productive. It is really up to the individual how motivated they are and how much they get done.
The other thing I have noticed about working from home vs working in an office is that more companies are giving their employees laptops. It used to be that laptops were “a luxury” as one boss told me. Its kind of silly idea when you consider how much work someone can get done away from the office. I think it’s just when technology is new then people want it, and then when they realize it’s a burden they don’t want it.
Take for example the Blackberry. Everyone wanted one and it was for “executives” when it was new. Then over time it lost its shine and had tons of issues. Now the iPhone is the “in” device, and very few people have a blackberry anymore. There seems to be a curve where people get stuff and then realize they aren’t better off for having it. It’s not quite “buyers remorse” but more like “technology remorse.” Like being a member of Facebook and then you realize it doesn’t help you. It didn’t take me long of getting messages from people I didn’t want to talk to realize that while its fun to try new technologies, you can’t really put forth the energy to sustain every technology. So you have to choose.