Everyone has an opinion on working from home. Companies like Yahoo have tried it, some flip flop back and forth, and others don’t allow it - they want their employees in the office.
Hey, whatever works for your company, do that.
But if your employees are asking for it, and you can allow it, do it. There are some industries (like retail) where you need a physical body on site. But, most of us can get our jobs done at home, and many employees need the flexibility of being able to work at home. Hey, if employees need to work from home, then they will find a company that provides that flexibility to them, even if it’s not your company.
In this world of WiFi and constant connectivity, most of us can do our job almost anywhere.
So, why the ridiculously rigid requirements to have people in the office by 8 am every day, and not allow them to leave until 4 or 5pm? Why turn your workplace environment into a prison? Who makes these stupid rules, and in this day and age, why work for a company with such rigid working conditions? When your work environment is overly strict, you’ll find people surfing the Internet, daydreaming, or even looking for a new job instead of getting shit done. Ultimately, these rules come down to trust. Companies with rigid rules don’t trust their employees. Hey, if you can’t trust your employees, don’t hire them!
Sure, you’re paying your employees to work, and you need real results, and you need them now. But if your employees are getting the work done, done well, and done on time, then who the hell cares where they do it?