August 10, 2017 By Raph DaCosta

Why WFH Doesn’t Have to Equal Lazy

August 10, 2017

By Raph DaCosta

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August 10, 2017

Why WFH Doesn’t Have to Equal Lazy

By Raph DaCosta
Social Media Specialist

We’ve all heard the stereotypical and sometimes mistaken conceptions about remote workers. You know, the one where we all hang around in pajamas until noon. We wear bunny slippers with business suits for meetings. We spend most of our time surfing the net and watching Netflix. Social scientists have dubbed these unproductive remote behaviors as “cyberslacking.” And it makes sense— what is to stop us from scrolling through memes if there’s no boss around to peek over our shoulder?

In honor of National Lazy Day, today, August 10th, we’re debunking the myth that remote workers are lazy workers (except for today, of course.)

Assumption 1: Remote workers aren’t dedicated

If they don’t even bother to get out of the house, how dedicated can remote workers really be? Extremely. It’s a common sentiment for remote workers to feel the need to work harder and longer to prove dedication to the company. Further, without physical boundaries between work and home, work hours and personal hours become blurred, resulting in a 24-hour workday for some at-home workers. Lastly, remote workers are often tied to offices in other time-zones, putting their own working hours on someone else’s clock and often extending work hours. In effect, remote workers often become MORE dedicated.

Assumption 2: Remote workers aren’t productive

According to our survey, 80% of people are equally or more productive when working from home. Further, 67% of people reported that they stay on track while working from home. For comparison, think of all the difficulties we have while in the office to stay on track and stay productive. Working from home avoids the noisy coworkers, extended desk visits, and meaningless impromptu meetings, making remote work a potential haven for productivity.

Assumption 3: Remote meetings are inefficient

Indeed, meeting remotely can be a pain with poor connectivity and confusing meeting software. But with the right tools (!) meeting remotely can be a breeze and even increase efficiency. Remote meetings with a set time have an implicit respect for other people’s schedules and tend to be more to-the-point. Further, remote meetings often require more organization and preparation for both the organizer and the attendees, which means more direction and more efficiency.

With more dedicated workers, higher levels of productivity, and efficient team collaboration, working from home is anything but lazy. But in observance of the holiday, of course, stay in your pajamas today and check out these videos of baby goats.