An increasing number of organisations have allowed people work at home. Is it a positive or negative phenomenon ？
teleworking/ telecommuting/ SOHO
+: work-life balance/ time-saving/ environmentally-friendly/ flexible
– be easily distracted/interrupted/ feel isolated from others
Technology has revolutionised the way we travel, communicate and work. Under the influence of technologies, an increasing number of companies are beginning to allow employees to work at home. While telecommuting is cost-effective and efficiency-boosting, it may repress team spirit.
Tele-working is cost-effective. Compared with travelling all the way from their homes to workplaces, there is no need for companies to rent an office or a location for the telecommuters anymore, thereby decreasing the overhead costs considerably.
Telecommuting could also boost employees ‘ efficiency. Working in ones’ small office/home office(SOHO) means they have free and flexible time at their own disposal, and as a result, they may find a perfect time to start and finish their work. By doing so, workers will enjoy their jobs and boost their efficiency accordingly.
Tele-working may stifle team spirit and decrease the opportunities of brain storming for employees. Some startup entrepreneurs who gather together in a garage, have a brain storming, and then come up with a killer solution, will have far better team spirit than those who stay at their separate homes.
Furthermore, not all companies can afford those expensive hi-tech equipment which enables tele-working.
To conclude, for those corporations that can afford the advanced devices, like video-conference TVs, satellite-conference networks, tele-working, except for a few flaws such as team spirit, is as effective and efficient as traditional ways of working.