Working from Home Doesn’t Have to Be “All or Nothing”

When it comes to flexibility, one size needn’t fit all. Some people become full-time remote workers and never look back. Others find partially remote setups more suitable to their taste.
Luckily, modern technology supports all sorts of flex work. Jumping in on conference calls from home or sharing cloud-based documents regardless of location can happen on a daily basis, a few times a week, or only when winter weather makes traveling to the office undesirable.
Here, various workers in positions where they split time between a home office and a regular workplace discuss their arrangement and the benefits of operating without an “all or nothing” approach to remote work.

40% at Home, 60% in the Office

At the tech startup Pavemint, employees work remotely on Mondays and Fridays and come into the office the other three days.
“We’ve found that this balance has increased productivity dramatically,” says Lauren Hoover, director of communications. “Not only does it give us the opportunity to collaborate during our days in the office, it also gives us the chance to really dive into projects we’re working on during remote days without any distraction. Pavemint giving us this kind of freedom has also helped with overall morale and caused our team to really go above and beyond.”

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One Day of Remote Work Weekly

Roxanne Williams, marketing director at Full Stack Talent, recently negotiated one remote day per week as part of a raise package. She now works from home on Thursdays.
“I can honestly say that remote day has been a game changer for me,” Williams says. “My job is a good 22 miles away, which in Tampa traffic terms means 35 minutes in the morning and one hour in the evening. It has felt good to reclaim the time in the evening to cook better meals and spend more time with my partner.”
She’s also noticed improved focus when away from her workplace’s open floor plan. “On my remote days, it’s infinitely easier to keep in a state of flow and pump out higher-quality work consistently. A split arrangement like this has been great. I get to be in the office, still have a presence and a good relationship with my colleagues, but I also get to spend some time from home where I can be in my own space with no distractions.”

In the Office a Few Times per Month

Shannon Howard, content producer at The Predictive Index, lives about three hours away from the office and spends roughly six days a month on site.
“There are definitely clear advantages to splitting time between home and office,” Howard says. “The time in the office allows you to build relationships with teammates who are in the office every day. Office visits are great for hands-on learning opportunities and things that really require in-person direction. However, for anyone who needs to do head-down, focused work, working from home can be the ideal place. I know I personally get so much more done in the quiet of my home office than in an open office environment.”

Variable

Lastly, some workers do not have set days at home or in the office. Rather, their schedule depends on the most preferable place for the task at hand.
“My job requires me to work on research, blogs, and industry reports,” says Hena Kausar, senior associate at Mercer-Mettl. “I prefer to telecommute on days which involve the execution part of the project (no planning and no discussions), primarily the kind of work which is mostly dependent on me and doesn’t include a lot of dependencies on other people. On other days, I might need to collaborate and discuss with my office fellows how we should go about a particular project, what sources we need, and what channels and platforms we can leverage. I can’t telecommute on such days, and I have to be physically present in the office. That’s the reason why I check my schedule and the deadlines of the deliverables before I decide whether to telecommute or visit the office to work.”