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Better to work from home or the office?

M File | Posted on May 07, 2019

According to, telecommuting among the non-self-employed population has grown by 140% since 2005. This rising trend can certainly save money and create flexibility, but an entirely remote organization comes with it’s own set of challenges.

I tried allowing my team to work from home for a period of time, but found we struggled with productivity. When we’re all together, we generate energy and invigorate one another. But when we were merely voices on the phone or, worse, words in an email, we simply couldn’t duplicate that drive. Out of sight, out of mind.

So if you are considering offering your teams a remote option, here are a couple of things to keep in mind.

  1. Be in the office at least three days a week. It’s best if everyone can be in on the same three days. This will help you build momentum while still cutting down commute times.
  2. Remove all at-home distractions. Take the kids to the babysitter. Turn off the TV. Close your office door and work. You can’t get much done if you are distracted by all of life around you.

There’s a certain energy that comes when people work together that does not happen when you’re working remote.

— Towan Isom