Sorry, Yahoo!; working from home makes more sense than ever

cat on deskMy desk this morning / Lloyd Alter/CC BY 2.0

Yahoo! has just ordered all of its homeworkers back to the office, claiming that "Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home." All of us at TreeHugger work from home, so we have been following the trend carefully. Here are some of the things we have found over the years:

New Study Shows That People Working From Home Are More Productive

Letting people work from home saves a lot of energy and keeps people off the roads. However, many still call it "shirking from home" and are not convinced that people who do it are as effective or productive as those who go to the office. Klint Finley at Wired points to a new study done at China's largest travel agency, CTrip. The company was concerned about the high cost of Shanghai real estate and the high attrition rate among its call center workers. More in TreeHugger
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Working From Home Increases Productivity, Keeps Workers Happy and is Good For the Environment

Phil Daoust of the Guardian questions the traditional home-to-office commute, First there is the actual getting to work, with the unreliable bus or overcrowded train and the time it takes to get there. He asks: " Do you arrive stressed, exhausted, ripped off, degraded, suicidal, homicidal or all of the above?" More in TreeHugger

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Working From Home Makes More Sense Than Ever

In these difficult times a lot of people are working from home, whether they want to or not. A lot of others would like to, but employers have not been crazy about it, even though it can cut overhead as well as your company's carbon footprint. As Megan suggests at Planet Green, "Let your boss know that green telecommuting is a growing trend, that eco-smart bosses and workers everywhere are giving this carbon-footprint-shrinking solution a go, and that you'd like to hop on the emission-reduction wagon." We offer herein our suggestions for keeping your office healthy, furnishing it, some tips and tricks and a tour of TreeHugger home offices around the world. More in TreeHugger

The Hidden Eco-Benefits of Working from Home

Some time ago I posted on how we built a home office in an storage old barn using reclaimed materials. And I have to say that working from home is one of my favorite thing about my current job(s). Every now and then, of course, we hear of studies that claim that telecommuting is more polluting than working from an office—studies that Lloyd usually debunks in pretty short order. But nevertheless these get me thinking—telecommuting has way more eco-benefits than just saving on gas from your commute. More in TreeHugger

NapoleonYou know he's at work because he's wearing a hat./Public Domain

Tips For Working From Home And Building A Virtual Office From A Startup

Quartz, the new business site from the Atlantic, hasn't been around long but seems to have the virtual office figured out. They suggest "an array of different tools that replicate the various ways you would communicate in the office." At TreeHugger we have been doing this for years, so I feel qualified to give this startup a bit of a critique. More in TreeHugger

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5 Innovations to Make Telecommuting Easy & Green

Many employers still resist telecommuting, but there's no doubt that encouraging people to work from home—even part time—could go a long way toward cutting congestion and reducing our dependence on oil. After all, even a one-day-a-week telecommute results in 20% less mileage on your daily commute. But like anything else, telecommuting only works if you prepare for it the right way. And technology has a big role to play. So let's take a look at 5 technological innovations that help you make the most of your telecommute. They're not all as obvious as you might think. More in TreeHugger

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World Wildlife Fund Looks at Telecommuting as Carbon Emissions Solution

Allowing employees to telecommute goes a long way in helping a business green up. So too does virtual conferencing instead of flying all over the place for business meetings. But just how much does it help? The World Wildlife Fund has released a couple studies that take a look at what impact virtual conferencing and telecommuting have on reducing the carbon emissions of doing business. More in TreeHugger

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Your Office is In Your Pants: 6 Trends Shaping The Way We Work

In 1985, in the Harvard Business Review Philip Stone and Robert Luchetti foresaw in 1985 at the birth of the wireless phone that the era of the that you went to and sat at a desk was over; they noted that Your office is where you are. They were off by about 25 years; it takes time for technological innovation to percolate through and cause real change. They also didn't go far enough, thinking only about the promise of being able to talk on the phone; now the technology is getting so small that your office isn't just where you are, it's in your pants. More in TreeHugger

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Your Office Is In Your Pants: How The Smart Phone Is Changing The Way We Live And Work

Back in the day most people went to work in an office to get the phone on a landline, access to papers and files, and a place to put the red swingline. But do you really any more?

Two years ago I wrote about how the smart phone was going to change the way we work , claiming Your office is in your pants. I noted that soon, you would be able to do almost everything that you used to need an office for on your phone. It appears that time has actually arrived. More in TreeHugger

Sorry, Yahoo!; working from home makes more sense than ever
Management often has a problem when people want to work from home, but the advantages for everyone are significant.

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