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Karyn Harrington, CQEMBA '12

Jan 12

Written by: Karyn Harrington
1/12/2011 9:50 PM  RssIcon

It has been thirteen years since I last enjoyed the benefits of a surprise “snow day” while living in Missouri.  So, you can imagine my surprise that my next snow day would take place not in a snowy place like Ithaca… but, instead, in a city nicknamed “Hotlanta.”

This week, millions of people across the southeastern United States unexpectedly experienced several snow days, as major storms pounded the region.  For my husband Xan and me, it meant several days of telecommuting, which got me wondering about the pros and cons of working from home.  My sister, Michelle, has worked remotely for years, and has maintained a high level of productivity.  For Xan and me, a couple days at home were relaxing and enabled us to focus on our work.  But by day three, cabin fever set in and we were ready to go back to the office.

In a November 2010 study, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee researchers concluded “employees who telecommute the majority of the work week are more satisfied with their jobs compared to those working mostly in the office because working remotely alleviates more stress than it creates.”  Still, numerous other articles suggest the pros and cons of telecommuting depend on both business and employee needs and preferences.

So, for those of you in snow-covered cities, have you enjoyed “working-from-home-because-it’s-a-snow-day?”  Is telecommuting the best option, or do you prefer working from an office?

(And while you're thinking of your response, here's a pic showing the view from our "home office" during this week's snow days).

Office With A View

Categories: Student, CQEMBA

6 comment(s) so far...

Re: Snow Days

I prefer working from home because it gives a really good work-life balance. Although it requires a high level of self-discipline and motivation, there’s greater flexibility in your working hours, tax advantages, and no commute to work. And you don't have to get dressed up in a suit!

By Michelle on   1/12/2011 10:58 PM

Re: Snow Days

Thanks, Michelle! Those are great points. Glad you found a telecommuting situation that works well for you.

By Karyn Harrington on   1/12/2011 11:24 PM

Re: Snow Days

I never thought I'd say this, but "I love working from home!" I live in southern Cali so its not the weather that holds me back from going into the office, but instead my 6 month old big brown eyed baby girl, Ciaya! Ive always wanted to be a "corporate mom" and a "stay-at home mom"...fortunately for me God placed me in the right job at the right time. And yes it can be very challenging at times, but I have the benefit of spending every spare moment with my baby instead of stuck in traffic trying to get to her! ;)

By Liz on   1/13/2011 11:42 AM

Re: Snow Days

Liz -- those are terrific insights! Thanks for sharing. All the best to you and your family!

By Karyn Harrington on   1/13/2011 11:42 AM

Re: Snow Days

Interesting topic Karyn!

Regardless of weather conditions, I think people should have the flexibility to work from home when they don't have meetings, or events that they have to attend in person. Personally, I believe that a mix of home and office working hours would achieve the best balance between productivity, satisfaction, and sustaining working relationships and team spirit in organizations.

Thanks for bringing this up :)

By Sanabel on   1/14/2011 10:42 PM

Re: Snow Days

Thanks, Sanabel -- Good points about opportunities to mix working from home and office in a way that supports employee balance!

By Karyn Harrington on   1/14/2011 10:41 PM

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