Home Office: Killing your teams softly
Executive summary: If you want to have great teams, stop allowing home office.
A recently widespread fashion of the modern workplace is the extensive use of home office. It is a practice that is incompatible with the cornerstone of Agile: Creating great teams.
The Home Office Delusion
There’s a major misunderstanding about the home office. It has been shown that home office can increase employee productivity, engagement and loyalty. True, if employees need to survive their workdays, it’s easier for them to survive from home, away from the usual office distraction, control freak boss, ill-managed project and alienated colleagues. But if the alternative is to work on a meaningful project as a member of a jelled team in a supportive environment, survival is no priority but a triviality. Home office is a quick and superficial solution far more inferior to making work a satisfying experience.
As a challenger of superficial solutions, I suggest you to refrain from making home office a standard workplace practice. Instead, do everything to forge great teams. Great teams do not work from home.
Note: Banning home office is not a good idea either. Sometimes you can help out a colleague in trouble by allowing home office temporarily. It shouldn’t be the rule, but the exception.