Monday Sep 17, 2007

Telecommuters Have Highest Job Satisfaction Levels

It's not just my opinion anymore. Although I've previously believed this correlation to be true, my sample size of one (myself) doesn't really prove anything. But today the Wall Street Journal reports on a recent survey that corroborates my view. In summary, 73% of folks in the survey who work at home are "satisfied" with their jobs compared to 64% of office workers. Unfortunately, the article doesn't give enough information about the survey methodology to fully judge the accuracy of the results. For example, were the work-at-home folks and the office folks doing the same types of jobs? However, based on my experience, I'm inclined to believe the results.


From the article:
"When companies allow employees to work remotely or from home, they are explicitly communicating to them that 'I trust you to be dedicated to the accomplishment of the work, even if I'm not able to observe you doing it,' " says Jack Wiley..., "It boils down to respect," he says. "I respect you and I have confidence in your commitment to the work -- to do this under the conditions and at the time you feel will be most productive for you."


I agree wholeheartedly!

Thursday Apr 12, 2007

Top Ten Benefits of Working From Home

My previous post was called, “Why I Joined Sun.” This post could probably be titled, “Why I still work for Sun.” For the past 5 1/2 years I've been working exclusively from home through Sun's openwork program, and I love it. At this point I'm not sure I could go back to working in an office building every day. I'll comment more on working-from-home (or telecommuting, as some people call it) in subsequent posts. But for now, here's my top-ten list, in no particular order:


  1. No commute! I can go from sleeping to working in my office in 30 seconds if I need to.

  2. I have a larger and nicer office than I'd ever get in a Sun building. I even have my own bathroom!

  3. No drop-in interruptions from co-workers. If I need to focus on a task, I can just close my email client and turn off my phone.

  4. It's easier to work exercise into my daily routine. I typically run on the treadmill first thing in the morning, work for an hour or two, then eat breakfast and take a shower. I don't think my co-workers would appreciate that schedule if I had to go into an office!

  5. I get to see my family more. I can usually have lunch with them, and am able to spend my breaks with them instead of in small talk over the water cooler in an office.

  6. I can multi-task during boring meetings. If I'm dialed into a meeting that doesn't demand my full attention I can continue with my work simultaneously.

  7. I don't have to buy lunch or remember to make a lunch ahead of time. I can just walk downstairs to the kitchen and eat leftovers, or quickly make myself a sandwich when I get hungry.

  8. I don't have to take time off work to wait for repair people coming to my house.

  9. I am judged by co-workers solely on what I get done, not on when I come into or leave the office (since they don't know when I start or end work).

  10. I don't have to live anywhere near my home office. I currently live in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado, which is about 1000 miles away from and one mile higher than my core team in Menlo Park, California.

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Nick Solter is a software engineer and author living in Colorado.

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