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Teleworking stifles creativity and promotes isolation

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HC Online | 27 Feb 2013, 12:00 AM Agree 0
Silicon Valley heavyweights don’t ‘walk the talk’. Both Yahoo and Google are scaling back their work from home options for employees – but what's behind their decisions?
  • Marie Crozier-Durham | 27 Feb 2013, 05:14 PM Agree 0
    Successful telework/work from home arrangements require insightful teleworker selection, insight into cognitive and work styles, assessment of task suitability, development of teleworker, co-workers and managers, and design of the telework environment.
    Within this framework, is hard to understand how telework/work from home would not be part of the range of options a company would draw on to improve culture, talent attraction, productivity, commitment, diversity, creativity and innovation.
    Innovation occurs when a range of factors are in place - including when cognitive styles and environments are compatible. So serendipitous meetings, magical lunches and communicating side by side do support some instances of culture and innovation. But so do diversity, virtual teamwork, individual deliberation and a capacity for handling ambiguity – all associated with telework.
  • Mike | 04 Apr 2014, 05:46 AM Agree 0
    Some people work better from home, without having a manager looking over their shoulder all the time. Some people's productivity goes in bursts, where most of the productive work in a day gets done in only a few hours, where the rest of the time is spent "goofing off", which an office environment is not conducive to. The time spent on breaks or doing other things is important to rest the mind and let it process ideas in the background.
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