Whether or not your desk sits in your house, at the office, or both, it is not the location of the desk that is important, but rather the flexibility to choose when and where you sit.
Whenever I interviewed for a job I always made it clear that flexibility was important to me. For me, my family and health is more important to me than any job – which means that I want to be able to go to the doctor without taking sick time – or leave work early once in a while because my husband needs me at home. I’m not asking for a free pass – just flexibility to work extra hours one day to make up for hours I need to take for family and health other days. I’ve been lucky in this respect – but I can imagine how those who haven’t might be bitter about those who get to telecommute.
Although studies have shown that telecommuters are happier and less stressed, the happiness actually comes not from the telecommuting itself, but from the higher flexibility and autonomy afforded by telecommuting policies. By not chaining workers to a desk for 8 hours a day (which has also been shown to stifle productivity), employees are afforded the flexibility they need to mold their job around their busy lives, and not the other way around.
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