Are People More Effective Working From An Office Than At Home?

We are at a stage where working from home is becoming more viable, acceptable, and is sometimes even encouraged. Organisations are seeing the benefit in giving their employees the flexibility to work wherever they want, as opposed to requiring them to be permanently based in an office. However, it is argued that working away from colleagues and the business itself can cause you to be detached from the company culture, something that could play a big role in job satisfaction. We shall compare the effectiveness of working from an office compared to at home.


Generally, the pay between an office worker and a remote worker would be similar (unless outsourced to foreign countries where labour is cheaper, for example). If they are performing the same job this generally tends to be true, however, a remote worker is usually the cheaper alternative option than the office worker, as they would not be using any of the organisation’s facilities and therefore are less of a financial burden. In this case, a remote worker would be required to spend for their own internet and possibly a space to work in. Without constant overlooking from managers, a remote worker may be slower to complete tasks, or may not communicate as much as an office worker would. This would very much depend on their work ethic, as some work better when being micromanaged, while some work better when left to their own devices.


It’s no surprise that a long commute into work and braving different weather conditions can have a detrimental effect on a worker’s morale. Not only that, but commuting in major cities can be very expensive and workers could be paying a significant sum per month just to travel to work, negating their higher salary.

By working remotely, a worker could save a huge amount of time and money they would otherwise spend on doing the same work but just in an office. If they were required to go to the office, there are many things that could make the time going there better spent. For example, if they were required to organize and attend a meeting, they could easily set it up using applications available on mobile phones or computers. The conference room scheduling display at the meeting room would include all of this information, ready for the when the worker arrives, with little or no effort needed.

Working Atmosphere

It is no secret that working in an office alongside colleagues allows for information to be passed quickly, and impromptu discussions regarding work can occur, unlike if the workers were based remotely. The company culture is easier to embrace for those that are around it on a day-to-day basis, and this could help work get done not only in an efficient manner, but clearly in the way the organisation would like. Working from home may be more difficult in terms of having motivation and inspiration for some people, as ideas between colleagues would not be as common or convenient.

As we can see, working from either place has its benefits, and it can very much depend on the type of work being done. A full analysis should be done of each individual business to see the advantages and disadvantages of each side. There is no one-size-fits-all solution.

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