Does your organisation allow home working occasionally? Do employees call in with creative reasons as to why they need to work from home? If so read on as there is a site that has been capturing these reasons some of which I am sure you will find familiar while others are just laughable.
Reasons Employees Give for Home Working
Christina Ng has been running the side project to capture the reasons people give for home working the top ten of which are shown below. You can read more about how this project came about here and see the latest results here.
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Do some of these seem familiar to you? I’m sure that they do and I know that they do to me, in fact I have used some myself. I once had a sofa delivered twice as a cover for my home working. But how do you tell the genuine cases for those that are, maybe, masking a heavy session the night before?
Perhaps, however, we should be asking a different question altogether and this is does it really matter?
What is Really Important?
Over the years I have worked for a variety of companies where I have been both office and home based and I have written about how this can be made to work here. In some cases I have had to use the sorts of creative excuses above and at other employers if not encouraged it has certainly been tolerated.
So why do employees feel the need for deception? Because, in my experience, many managers suffer from what I am going to call “management by vision”©. This is where managers measure their employees by being able to see them at their desks, irrespective of the quality or timeliness of any output. To these managers if an employee is at home then they can’t be seen and therefore cannot be working.
Of course that is an exaggeration but I have certainly known many managers who were clock watchers without any interest in what the individual was doing.
Surely, as long as the work gets done and the quality is maintained it does not make any material difference where it is done?