One of the top perks many employees demand these days is that elusive “work-life balance.”
What that often means is a flexible schedule or the possibility of working from home or telecommuting.
Research on remote versus in-office workers has found those who work at home can be more productive. In 2013, a Stanford University study of call center employees found a 13% increase in the productivity of at-home workers.
But even if some employees want it, you still have to ask are they ready for it?
There are plenty of examples where the transition to working from home goes smoothly, but it’s not the perfect fit for every employee, says Mandy Gilbert, founder and chief executive of Creative Niche.
Managers need to have a keen sense of how their employees work and interact before they make the decision.