Note to self: Change your contacts more often and don’t study in the dark.
This morning I woke up with the worst red eye. I don’t think it was an infection but more like a serious irritation. I’ve been really straining my vision lately by wearing my contacts all day and studying at night for my GRE (which is next week). Hopefully I can afford a pair of glasses when my newly elected vision plan kicks in for the new year. B)
Nonetheless, I worked from home today and got a TON of things off my to-do list. My productivity felt 1000% higher than my usual work day. I wasn’t being interrupted, I wasn’t taking coffee breaks and I was completely focused from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
I’ve never understood why telecommuting or even working away from my desk at another part of campus is so frowned upon at my workplace. If rent wasn’t skyrocketing in Miami, I would gladly take 2-3 days telecommuting over a pay raise. And this isn’t just me. It’s been proven that most millennials would take telecommuting over a pay raise.
There’s a great white paper on telecommuting, Workshifting Benefits: The Bottom Line.
- 27% increase in productivity on telecommuting days
Just about every study of telework cites “lack of management buy-in” as the biggest obstacle to acceptance. It’s clear managers fear that left unmonitored, employees will not work as hard as they otherwise would.
In fact, study after study shows that people who telecommute are more productive than their office counterparts. Contributing factors include:
• Fewer interruptions: Telecommuters are not distracted by the many time drains that take place in a traditional office— morning chatter, coffee breaks, long lunches, rumor mills, birthday parties, football pools, etc.
• More effective time management: Email and other asynchronous communications can be time-managed more effectively and are less apt to include non-work digressions.
• Feeling like a trusted employee: A sense of empowerment and commitment is consistently shown to be one of the highest contributors to employee job satisfaction.
• Flexible hours: For those who are able to flex their hours as well as their location, workshifting allows them to work when they are most productive.
I think that most managers, especially those directly supervising young talent, should take the time to skim through the white paper.
I’m not sitting here making excuses for young folks (including myself) on transiting into responsible adults in the work force. However, I think both employees and managers can strike a balance. At least for your departmental budget’s sake.
Would you take telecommuting over a pay raise? Let me know.
I think it would definitely be something I would have to think about, especially if I had a really long or really full of traffic commute. It definitely takes a lot of focus and dedication to make a telecommuting situation work.