A remote possibility?
- Communication. Most people will agree that face-to-face communication beats ‘phone or web-based communication hands down. And not just for formal meetings. Consider those corridor or “water cooler” conversations, which are an important aid to collaboration and information sharing in many organisations;
- Security. Particularly information security, which, whilst not impossible, can be much more challenging to manage when staff are widely dispersed in multiple (and often less secure) locations;
- Paperwork. It may come as a shock to some, but the paperless office is still far from a reality for many organisations, for whom the loss of access to paper-based records would have a significant impact;
- Management. Managing a dispersed workforce is different to managing an office-based one. And some people just aren’t cut out for working on their own, away from their colleagues;
- Environment. The vast majority of people don’t have the luxury of a proper office at home. So homeworking usually takes place at the kitchen or dining room table. Which is often ok for short periods, but can adversely affect productivity in the longer term, particularly when you throw in the potential distractions of family life or the restrictions of the titchy screen on most mobile devices compared with the much larger one (or two) on the average office desktop.
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