I work from home. I've worked from home for more than 10 years. Granted, I work for myself... although these days there is a bigger presence in our lives - BlogPaws was aquired by Pet360 and I now work for them. But, they understand that, as the Co-Founder and major contributor to BlogPaws, I need to have a good working environment... which is here at home. Where I can give my dogs lots of attention, all day long.
There's a bit of controversy going around the business world about the whole working from home idea. Back when the Internet began, we geeks were ecstatic that we now had a tool that would allow us to work from home and still be connected to the office. And yet, the numbers haven't changed all that much... people don't work from home as much as we thought they would. Flexible hours is not the norm, as we expected it would be.
However, "According to the 2012 National Study of Employers, "between 2005 to 2012, employers have increased their provision of options that allow employees to better manage the times and places in which they work. These include flex time (from 66% to 77%); flex place (from 34% to 63%); choices in managing time.." and more.
Of course, there is more to flex time than just working from home. Employers who allow this may require time sheets or documentation on how much work was done and when. Some may require specific hours - 3 hours in the morning, 3 in the afternoon...etc. Others may leave it to the employee.
For me, and folks who work from home at BlogPaws, we believe in trusting the worker - so, you have your tasks, your work schedule, the list of what needs to get done, and you do it. I don't look over your shoulder, nor do I want anyone looking over my shoulder. If I want to stop in the middle of the day and walk the dogs, I do. I make it up in other ways, later on or on weekends.
There's nothing better than knowing I have full control over my work day. I don't work in a world where I can turn off at 5:00 on Friday and then turn back on at 8:00 on Monday. Sometimes I work Saturday and Sunday... and not Monday. Sometimes I travel and have a totally screwed up schedule. No matter what, I get the work done because, in the end, isn't that the key? Isn't accomplishing the work, and doing it well because you are comfortable where you work... the most important thing?
Isn't it, Marissa Mayer?