On 11th October Lucy Kellaway in her regular and popular slot in the FT neatly summed up what we at CareerBalance have suspected for some time: that working from home does not suit all of us all of the time.
In 2013 Marissa Mayer of Yahoo called on her employees to come to work in order to be collaborative and innovative. In her article Lucy Kellaway added to these two reasons by stating: “We need to go to the office for five more reasons: to convince ourselves that what we do has some purpose, to make us feel human, to help us learn, to give us a feeling of work as distinct from home – and to facilitate the flow of gossip”.
At CareerBalance we have picked up a lot of anecdotal evidence from our clients and believe that most of us need to be in some form of work place working with others at least some of the time. Our career coaches have concluded that being in a regular place of work gives structure to our day, engenders in us a greater sense of urgency we feed off the energy of others – even when this is not always positive. It is also key to your learning and development as you can generate ideas with others, as well as sharing knowledge with them. We think that this is particularly true for younger workers who benefit from working alongside good role models.
Technology has given many of us the possibility to work very effectively without ever having to come into a place of work. But we are by nature gregarious and start to wither if we spend too long working alone from home. Do you agree?