Learning to trust the homeworker -

Learning to trust the homeworker


With the advances in technology and communications, working from home is becoming a regular part of many of our lives. This has raised some concerns when it comes to managing homeworkers.

Many managers feel that their colleagues need to work in the office. This is not a matter of being able to see them at work, but rather being able to engage them within the office environment. Training, sharing experiences and becoming part of a team are more difficult with colleagues not being physically present.

There have also been concerns expressed about whether those colleagues working from home are able to separate work and home life.

According to the Office for National Statistics, there is over 4 million people in the UK working from home. A large percentage of these are self-employed, however about a third of these homeworkers are employed.

There is a bit of a tug of war about the merits of working from home. Those that do say they have greater job satisfaction and feel they are more productive than their office based colleagues. However it is very important to achieve the right balance. For some businesses, homeworking works brilliantly, however for others it’s just not a suitable alternative.

Businesses need to establish clear expectations and communicate these with those members of staff who do work from home. They must also have the confidence to hold an honest conversation when problem arise, so find effective solutions.

The modern working person generally welcomes the ability to be flexible. Businesses should therefore ensure managers have the necessary skills to manage these different arrangements and performances, and new ways of motivating and monitoring staff need to be investigated.

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