Did you know the average commute to work is 45 minutes each way? That's 1.5 hours of your day that could be spent on the job. So it's not surprising to find out that working from home results in a 10-20% increase in employee productivity! The reason is 76% of telecommuters are also willing to put in extra time just for the luxury of working from home. And 78% of managers think that these flexible working hours help retain and motivate their employees. That makes sense, before I started to do what I love and was still working for the man, I would of done almost anything for any amount of time to work from my house. If I got to work from home instead of having to haul myself through 25 miles of traffic to the office, you can bet all my stuff got done and delivered with a bow on top. Then the next time I asked to stay home for the day there wouldn't be any problems. Working remotely is so convenient, that over one-third of workers would choose the option to telecommute over a pay raise!
People that work from home report having 25% less stress while 73% say they eat healthier too. This seems fair as it's much easier to prepare food at home with healthier choices around compared to the short breaks given to you at work with limited dining options.
All of this is why it's puzzling that Yahoo is reportedly requiring remote employees to not be remote anymore. Yahoo's upper management thinks that by making everyone show up for work they will obviously get more done. You can see an excerpt from the company memo here.
To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side. That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices. Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings. Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together."
Yahoo! car by misocrazy
Now there is something to be said for the creativity and production that can be fostered in close-knit working environments, however given the supporting data behind the benefits of telecommuting, plus the fact that Yahoo is breaking previously agreed upon contracts with employees, this appears to be a colossal mistake. Think of all the unhappy employees ready to jump ship now with another round of poaching imminent from Silicon Valley's elite? Disgruntled employees and commentators were shocked griping:
Yahoo continues its impressive drive down the fast lane of the information superhighway. In your father’s Oldsmobile. With the left blinker on. At 45kph.”
If it wasn't for Fantasy Football, you'd have to wonder if Yahoo would still be in business with their track record of decisions? 80% of people say they maintain a better work-life balance by telecommuting (period). It also leads to decreased pollution since 80% of workers in America get to work by driving alone in a car. This latest move by Yahoo is a fail for the company and the environment. 40% of U.S jobs could be carried out the same at home, that's 50 million teleworkers who could be saving the planet 587 million barrels of oil - the equivalent to 74% of U.S. gulf oil imports! Even just one day of telecommuting could reduce 423,000 tons of green-house gas - or getting rid of 77,000 cars off the road for an entire year. That's why the folks over at splashtop created this informative infographic in support of the Work From Home Fridays movement.
If you're in support of this and would like to help save our planet's resources and labor force's peace of mind, then please share this with your friends and co-workers!