Great article from Bloomberg Businessweek on what employees really do when they are working from home. This includes:
43 percent watch TV or a movie and 20 percent play video games while officially working from home. Parents are more likely than those without children to partake in these two activities, which aren’t work-related. Employees might not even be sober: 24 percent admit to having a drink. Twenty-six percent say they take naps. Others are distracted by housekeeping: 35 percent do household chores; 28 percent cook dinner.
But the most startling observation from this survey was that despite all the time spent on non-work activities, people who work from home (i.e telecommuters or those with flexible work arrangements) are actually more productive than their peers in the office. The is primarily due to the absence of work specific distractions (like water cooler gossip or long coffee breaks) and the ability to more effectively multitask in your own home.
As a parent and some who works from home once a week I somewhat agree with this. But I think the effectiveness of telecommuting varies from person to person. And as a manager of people, I think that those who are conscientious and hard working in the office will also do the same at home. And if they are lazy and unmotivated at work, they will be even worse at home when no-one is watching them
What are your thoughts on this?