The Teleworker Debate Continues! Should They Come Back To The Office?

Yahoo’s new CEO Marissa Mayer, who daringly banned working from home in the corporation, has started a debate that has  people all fired up: Should Teleworkers Return To the Office?

I recently looked at this topic and both sides of the debate and published an article for Dun and Bradstreet. There are certainly good reasons why small businesses may want to encourage the teleworker model and many reasons why they may want to consider going back to the traditional workplace, with all seats filled and all hands on deck.

On one side of the debate, there is a clear benefit and savings by allowing employees to work from home. This includes reduced electrical, smaller lease space / office space and increased work productivity as employees reduce time commuting and hanging around the water cooler.

On the other side of the debate, having all your employees in one space lends itself to easier collaboration, face to face meetings, control over workforce and an overall sense of community within your business.

You can read my full article here with more details on what some of the benefits and pitfalls are of allowing teleworkers in your business.

What’s your position in this debate? Do see allowing teleworkers as a benefit or a pitfall in your business?  Let me know!

2 thoughts on “The Teleworker Debate Continues! Should They Come Back To The Office?

  1. Sean Cotton

    I think companies should allow workers to have the flexibility to choose where they want to work for the most part. In my last job we had the option of working two days from home, and that was great for me since I lived about one and a half hours away from the job in Atlanta traffic. There were some people who chose not to work from home, because they did not feel the sense of community, and they also felt that if they spent time away from the office, then they would not be considered for promotions if management did not see them on a regular basis (out of sight – out of mind). Regardless of whether workers are allowed to work from home, or have to come in the office, the standards remained the same. That is why I think it should be left up to the individual employee.


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