When in London recently in a household of young professionals it was usual to see 3 out of 5 working at home during the day. One, an HR manager for international health organisation admitted cheerfully she often put a work jacket over her pj’s and conducted global interviews from the kitchen table. I was assured their organisations had complete trust in them working from home and choosing when to do so. With long commute times and office space at a premium, there are good reasons for London firms to encourage this practice but Stanford Graduate School of Business professor Nicholas Bloom has shown that both companies and employees gain a lot from this workplace flexibility.
His advice to Yahoo is to give working from home a second chance — it is critical for retaining and motivating key employees, and an essential part of the 21st century office.