Working from home has heaps of benefits, from being productive in your pyjamas to letting you plot your working day around family and other commitments. But do bosses always take such a friendly view?
John Linton, director of Exetel (whose 3G broadband bundle is pretty well-liked by Lifehacker readers, discusses the concept of working from home in a recent blog post, which makes for interesting reading even if (like me) you don't agree with a lot of it. Although Exetel has long had staff work from their homes, Linton turns out not be a huge fan of the idea:
The ONLY reason that I think is beneficial for an employer and an employee for the employee to work from home is when a changed travel distance, time and cost become a factor in the employee's life and the employer doesn't want to lose their talents, skills and knowledge.
Speaking as someone who's now spent almost a decade deliberately not working full-time in an office, that seems like a rather limited world view. Linton also acknowledges that remote working can help gain access to skills that a company might not find in its local area, but doesn't want to give much shrift to the notion that people might be more productive working from home even when they live within commuting distance of the office. In particular, it seems to ignore the possibility of a more nuanced approach; working from home when appropriate, but collaborating face-to-face when that's desirable as well.
A boss like Linton would clearly be a hard sell on that broader outlook, but I'd be interested to know if readers have managed that. If you've successfully persuaded your boss to adopt more flexible working arrangements, let's hear how you managed it in the comments.