In today’s digital age more people are working remotely. There are a lot of misconceptions about what this can do for your business, most of which are seemingly positive. Although working from home may seem nice, and beneficial for your company, it can actually harm your company’s productivity and output.
Here are some common working-from-home myths debunked:
1. Working in a more comfortable environment will increase productivity.
Haven’t you ever heard “dress for the job you want”? People often believe that if they can work at home on the couch in their pajamas that they will be happier and get more work done. This is not the case. Yes, a change of scenery can aid creativity – but slouching on your couch will not benefit your health or work output.
2. Meetings are just as productive over the phone/video chat.
Meetings should only happen remotely if it is absolutely necessary. Otherwise, meetings in person are more productive.
According to a study conducted by Forbes, The Case for Face-to-Face, “Throughout, executives preferred face-to-face meetings when the decision-making process was fluid, requiring the kind of give-and-take typical of complex decisions and sales. For example, respondents said face-to-face meetings are best for persuasion (91%), leadership (87%), engagement (86%), accountability (79%), and decision-making (82%).”
Body language, presentation, and relationship building are just some things that can never be replaced by phone or video meetings.
3. I can make my own schedule.
Business drives on deadlines. Although your schedule from home may be more flexible – you still must ensure that you meet deadlines assigned to you. You may find yourself cramming in a project into the wee hours of the night, but remember, it probably won’t be your best work. In-office deadlines are structured so you can finish the work in the time constraints of your job.
4. Anyone can work remotely.
There are some self-starters out there that can work from home. But, it is definitely not for everyone. Often it takes a trial and error situation to realize that someone can or cannot work from home. Managers need to be aware that not all of their employees will be the right fit for working remotely. The few people that should work remotely have proven themselves through their work.
5. Working from home could eliminate the need for childcare.
Have you ever brought your child to the office (not counting bring your kid to work day, of course)? You probably couldn’t imagine your child running around your office. So why would you want that distraction working at home. It could seem like a best-of-both-worlds circumstance – combining being a working parent and stay-at-home with your kids.
6. Working from home cuts costs.
Although you may have less overhead, you will sacrifice productivity and employee output (see myth #1). Working from home could lead to a much larger sacrifice than just saving some money.
7. It’s better for your work-life balance.
When you work a more traditional 9-5 (nowadays it’s more like 8-6) work day, when you leave at the end of the day work stays at the office. This is not the case when your home life and your work life are one in the same. Work-life balance is so important to the success
8. You will get all your home projects done.
Please always remember who is paying you and what they are paying you to do. If you work remotely, and making the same amount of money as you would in-office, you should produce the same amount of results as in-office. You may think your house will be cleaner and more organized, but that is just another distraction from your work.
9. You’ll save money on food and lunch.
After some time, you will feel cooped up in your own home. You will actually end up going out more than you normally would, just to get out of your house.
10. You can keep up with team communication.
When you aren’t in the office, you may miss some important memos or information pertinent to your job. You may miss more than just water-cooler talk and your job may suffer. Keeping up with important, and relevant, information will end up taking extra effort than if you were in the office.
Working from home may seem like a nice alternative to going into the office. But when you keep in mind all of the truths behind these common myths, you should think twice before moving your office home.
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1. Architecturally advanced, professional-class, corporate office building.
With a new building, your company will have the most architecturally advanced, professional-class, corporate office building. Signature Square III will feature: a glass and stone facade, beautifully landscaped outdoor work areas with wireless connectivity, premium finishes throughout, and a two-story atrium.
2. State-of-the-art elevators, mechanics, and energy management systems.
Amenities like these can save you money.
3. Expansive window line maximizing natural light throughout the interior.
Natural lighting is not valued enough in office space. It is crucial to recognize the importance of providing employees with natural lighting to improve not just work productivity, but overall quality of life.
According to an article from Northwestern, Natural Light in the Office Boosts Health, “Workers without windows reported poorer scores than their counterparts on quality of life measures related to physical problems and vitality, as well as poorer outcomes on measures of overall sleep quality and sleep disturbances.”
4. Energy efficient lighting and controls.
Green is trending and important to so many companies.
For the People
5. Sensory change and variability positively impact well-being.
There is something to be said for a change of scenery. A change of scenery can re-vamp your office morale. This in-turn positively impacts your client relationships. They will be more excited to come into your office and visit your re-energized workforce.
6. Competitive advantage in recruiting and retaining employees.
With a modern workplace, you will be able to better attract talent to your company. When looking for jobs, the work environment and culture is crucial, especially with the millennial generation. This also appeals to your current employees; potentially boosting staff pride related to the newly appointed office space.
7. Increase productivity, innovation, and staff focus.
An out-dated office space, that you’ve been in for years, can become stale to your employees. Something like a collaborative environment can foster creative thinking, vitality, and ambition.
Why Signature Square III?
8. Customization ability before construction.
With a building like Signature Square III, you are able to customize your ideal layout for your space. We will take into account your current and future needs when working with you to design the ultimate space. We understand that different industries have unique needs.
9. Branding inclusion in all property advertising.
Signature Square III will offer its key tenants unrivaled sign opportunities with exposure to, on average, 40,000+ cars – according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.
Your company will receive recognition on property advertising, ranging from print materials to press releases.
10. Early signer advantages.
- Advantage of discounted pre-leasing rates
- Few remaining commercially zoned sites for development
- Market data indicates a shortage of space over the next 36 months
- Rental rates are trending up and have been over the past 24 months