That being said modern thinking organisations are now embracing the work from home approach to huge swathes of roles that it can be suitable for. The majority of these roles are back office support roles which have no requirement for customer facing or transversely, are completely customer facing with no requirement to attend a work place. It would not be possible nor plausible for me to write about the analytical possibilities of how a particular company, chooses which roles are suitable to qualify for “WFH” (Work from Home) status, as each company and situation are unique.
Why are they embracing it? Well think about it for a moment. In fact, let’s take a very literal, logical, mathematical approach to this question.
Let’s take a company that has 100 staff, 50 staff are in roles which must be office based and 50 staff are in roles which can be office or home based.
Let’s assume the company breaks these 50 Staff (which can be home or office based) in to groups of 10, conveniently for the 5 days of the week. Now let’s assume the company allows everyone to work from home two days a week. The maths of this means that on any given day of the week there will be two groups of ten working from home leaving 80 people working in the office, stay with me, almost there. In this example, a company could choose to move into a premises that only needs to support 80 people and not 100. This could save 20% off their bottom line for rental space, accommodation costs, utility bills, coffee consumption, stationary usage etc. the list can go on. So basically companies are embracing the fact that they can save money and increase profits. Does it always work? HELL NO!! for all the reason’s you can imagine reading this right now… a huge percentage of people who work from home are not self-starters, are extremely easily distracted, simply not cut out to work from home effectively , and this has a directly adverse effect on a company’s bottom line. I’m sure there are actuaries in the world who have some funky algorithm. Something that calculates the whole cost v benefit risk analysis, to check the validity of allowing staff to work from home. But when you have people who are self-starters it works very well, these are people like me. I would get out of bed the same time as I would if I had to commute, so I would start work earlier. I would work until after I would have stopped work to commute home at the end of the day. I would work longer without breaks as I would not have far to go to grab a coffee or a sandwich, so no coffee shop to trek too or cafeteria to queue in for food. Thus a client would get more value for money from me and my work ethic and that leads me directly onto