Let us begin by answering the same with an interesting statistic: Only about 10% of the total workforce in the world works from homes. In India, where being present in office and spending time there is considered a major part of its work culture, this percentage is quite low. Other than a few leading IT firms, the concept of working from home has not really flown too well in India.
The prevalent work culture that goes against the grain of this idea is only one side of the coin. That too, the tip of the proverbial iceberg! Work from home does not work for most companies because employees often misuse the privilege. In fact, they cannot be blamed in totality as well. Anyone working from home is seldom taken seriously, even by those living in the house. It is common for others in the house to call them for household chores while they are working in their station at home!
Therefore, does this mean, that it is only an office environment where one could get some productive work done? There is now a convenient solution for you in the form of ‘Just in Time’ office spaces and desks on lease. At these flexible work spaces, you can get your work done and still not be part of an office. You may be a freelancer or someone who likes working alone. If home is not working for you or you want to boost up your productivity somewhere quieter and with no distractions, you should try out the collaborative working model.
This model allows you to work alongside other professionals. You will not miss out on motivation that one usually draws by watching colleagues at work. In collaborative working offices, you will be flanked by several professionals from diverse fields. As they work hard in the same room as yours, you will be inspired to do the same. The thriving work culture in such leased workspaces will boost your productivity like nothing else!
Work from home is fading out anyway. A major company like Yahoo! has already pulled the plug on its work from home policy. More are sure to follow. From the perspective of those who like to work from home instead out of an office, collaborative working is what you need. It will bring you the best of both worlds: the comfort and convenience of home married to the throbbing work ambiance of an office.