Working from home – is it always the best option?

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Working from home can facilitate enormous benefits; allowing more time with family, avoiding long commutes and offering better work-life balance, but is this always the best option? Social researcher Claire Madden gives her thoughts on The Today Show, discussing the benefits and sharing the downside of this growing trend.

While teleworking might have some benefits of flexibility for the individual, it can unintentionally create an isolated wasteland back in the office. It can significantly impact team culture by removing the intangible ingredient of collaboration and spontaneous interactions where some of the greatest innovations are sparked, problems are solved and teams are energised.

With 1 in 12 people working from home, this growing trend is enabled by communication technologies facilitating far greater flexibility, connectivity and mobility. Our research found the top three reasons people work at home are:

  1. Flexibility – to juggle other things, including managing the kids
  2. Improved work-life balance – avoiding that 53 minute commute, which Australians do on average every day for work
  3. Working undistracted – our workplaces can be busy hubs of activity and home can provide a quieter place to think and work – however can be faced with household distractions – like that sudden motivation that overtakes you to put a load of washing on!
Whilst working from home can facilitate these areas of life, it is not necessarily the most productive way to work.  It can be a far more effective use of time to have a quick team meeting to get everyone on the same page, problem solve and generate ideas rather than everyone needing to be kept up to date on an email chain.  Communication technologies can enable greater efficiencies – however they will never be able to replace face to face interaction and collaboration that occurs when teams meet together.

Find out more

Welcome to our blog...

We have a passion for research that tells a story, that can be presented visually, that brings about change and improves organisations. And we hope these resources help you know the times.

Our Social Media Sites

Facebook | McCrindle Research Social Media YouTube | McCrindle Research Social Media Twitter | McCrindle Research Social Media Flickr | McCrindle Research Social Media Pinterest | McCrindle Research Social Media Google Plus | McCrindle Research Social Media LinkedIn | McCrindle Research Social Media Mark McCrindle Slideshare

Last 150 Articles


new office grandparents baby housing affordability faith friendship social trends greatness Christmas lunch high school growing population CBD property market interactive affordable house price rise award winner Hills Shire Council urban taskforce car rental stress Wellington royal New South Wales public holiday NT quote high density living February 16 storytelling twentyseventeen group post rationalism teach goals overcast motivate careers conference unemployment innovation researcher mover and shaker emerging technologies tertiary education Gen Y state follow FPA government year 7 names global financial crisis trend tuesday poker master events easy rider pyrmont FOMO trend 1968 victoria Tuesday Trend report forecasting mccrindle tea gen z generational trends the australian dream 24 million brand experience Australia Day 2017 weekly earnings tea Education Future Forum leader Australians nfp budget Wagga Wagga supply and demand entrepreneurial demographic mccrindle in the media toys demographic trends business performance census fail etiquette Kirsten Brewer trades young australians conference speaker trends analyst know the times holiday The ABC of XYZ home owner future-proof Canberra rich identity in depth interviews hello fresh Northern Beaches wellbeing faux-cilise Northern beaches Event youth unemployment entertainment offenders financial independence transport school satisfaction daily commute Skilling faux-cilising JOMO bondi princess charlotte case study real Australian Census 40 million holidays lalor park teacher litter marketing optimistic resilience organisational culture schools students rise of local population map royal influence 10 years office equip brands online shopping mccrindle Merry Christmas workplace culture VET bus sydney hills darwin millennials marriages annual income average aussie renter of the future australians staying home more Sydney keynote speaker energy optus prince george curiosity sunburnt country office space housing trends Netflix celebration easter hornsby learner mccrindle research tv SMART research Population Clock mythbusting consumer cloudy days career proactive sydney speaker conferences recap deloitte village thought leadership infographic home Scouts workshop wealth and income distribution forecast research visualisation Word Up mortgage Australian Families lifestyle investing cancelling plans weather baby names australia report potts point Real Estate baby name trends generation Z shbc land of the middle class Births Australian Communities Trends typical australian tableau Wodonga McCrindle Speakers 23 million area relational youth eliane miles skills property price sector wide cooking cartodb keynote entrepreneurs of today Queensland: QLD financial fears retirement buildings survey earnings life young people australian social research ABS communicate church Northern Territory Tuesday Trends REIV National Conference Channel Seven not for profit System's Architect society trends population milestone royal baby couple households WA Australia Day cold leadership workshop visualisation TAS 2015 social commentary capital city event social researcher vegetarian World Water Day training public speaking future of work cost of living affordability shifts sun teleworking socialites megatrends Generation X Charlotte collaborative repayments omnibus wolloomooloo cars renting environment Australian demographics christmas workplace sustainable gen alpha friends poor townhouses SMSF millionth cancel plans crows nest baby name predictions Research Executive hopes entrepreneur society work royal family selfie belief student Territory Queensland australian communities trends report domestic global study Western Australia bureau travel investor qualitative research educhat pharmacies Australian Bureau of Statistics communities financial future jobs of the future housing growth innovative sports earn crime community event blaxland stats aussie culture owning a home volunteers future of education paying to work January 26th NEETs media release language educated house price Melbourne trends of 2017 survey design DESTEL award work mates Adelaide anzac moreton bay The Daily Edition social analysis investment going out housing staying in list learn monarchy leadership culturally diverse pharmacy hobart snapshot intern rule keeper living census ultimo mobile census results shopper's pick contiki children social sector wide study employers Royals ageing population australian communities forum changing face of sydney menai increasing densification mining boom dreaming socialising child care politics ethnography builders city 2017 Australian Home NBRS clothing social enquiry winter sydneycity Christmas season Myth spirituality local Hornsby Shire Council New Zeland safe communication summer demographics 2016 census divorce rate high density baby boomers environmental scanning "know the times" population growth Social Trend education sector Generation Y ipswich future proofing priorities data technology 24,000,000 consumerism parenting women social life ageing social lives news experience challenge Bathburst relevant suburbs huffington post eliane goal high density apartments ease of travel publication Christchurch christian suburb apartment breakfast James Ward professional services focus groups food growth 1975 Aussies finance google house new york times digital emerging generations Andrew Duffin marriage criminal focus group futurist ferry panel income social change personal growth manly customer financial coffee education Deaths faux-ciliser religion non profit video shopping workforce housing market meals men research report students states suburban living economy Australian Dream internships earning wealth results residents brisbane national private wealth wages EFF household New Zealand teaching university degree infographic wall alpha Geoff Brailey vegemite acf15 social researchers home ownership product tips mateship authenticity wealth distribution happiness responsive salary Engineering Manager small business debate in the media Do It Yourself 1980 wage communications business research data office opening financial dreams social impact analysis charity urban unaffordable meetings spend norwest hills shire father's day moderators guide neutral bay local communities engagement winter blues trends of 2016 divorce program presentation HSC not-for-profit sydney metro graphs global generations 2014 participants generation alpha medicine Res Vis education future professional social research baby boom Love Real Estate Institute of Victoria presentations australia low density tuesday brand VET sector Mark McCrindle cultural diversity national crime rates Christmas presents Australian Trends middle class sydney event baby name seasons cost resource the changing face of education future report cancelling event kate middleton perth water tattoos Assistant Store Manager wealth and income trends keynote speaker organisations 1994 university #censusfail christianity census 2016 insight Channel 7 the hills shire Vocational education online social shifts schools dessert Australian communities travelling education research commute media activity community engagement balance sentiments Tasmania learning styles REIV Conference baby names report world youth day Caregiver insights story school students jobs ACF property VIC narcissism aged care ideas school social issues dream Financial Planning Association employment media Kiwi national wealth South Australia visual mythbusters rising house prices sunny days Financial Planning Association of Australia healthy future market research woolworths data visualisation 2013 2020 2012 2016 census results ACF 2016 world facts house prices change public speaker population demographic transformations Macquarie University Gen X statistics teachers wedding GPO ACT speakers Sydney Hills Business Chamber urban living demographer future proof sector daily telegraph fears google for education IT Specialists media commentary Valentine’s Day mentor urban living index logan cash millenials professional development forum English emerging trends ashley mckenzie generation Work place mother's day business index outsourcing train ashley fell baby names Sydney conference presentation research pack collaboration Australian Population year 12 aged care puzzle personalities marrickville internship Crime Rates define NBRS Architecture future families community NSW PSI rent optus my business awards thrive internet geomapping Aussie social commentator social media Northern Beaches Christian School learning click culture SA staff plans engage DIY debt dare to dream sydneysiders Australian schools research services fresh data analyst commuters slideshare Duchess of Cambridge family TDE newspaper waverton capital cities gender group session professional speaker Financial Planning Week 2016 networking the average aussie parents the hills generations long weekend work-life gold coast grave decision stay home economic rain