Should businesses give workers the choice to work from home?

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Because of lockdown, many people have worked remotely, and proven it is perfectly possible. Lots of workers have enjoyed working from home, as it means that they can spend time with their family and not constantly be in an office. Some workers, however, did not enjoy working from home as it may be more difficult for them. But now that these workers are going back into work there is a big question. Should they be given the choice to remain working remotely, or be given to go into the office if they want to?

Why Should Workers Be Given the Choice?

Firstly, 84% of remote workers say that they think it is important to be given the choice to stay working from home even after the pandemic is over. As I mentioned before, for some people this is an opportunity to spend more quality time with their family, an opportunity they didn't have before when working at an office. Also, remote working is possible for many different jobs that can easily be done online, or on a zoom call. This includes lawyers, writers, office workers and so many more. Over lockdown, I have even been doing piano lessons on zoom! It actually works a lot better than you would think, and I didn't even have to leave my house. It also allows my piano teacher to still be teaching me, and I am still learning. There are so many other jobs where this is possible, and in a lot of cases, it is found this way is actually just as good as normal, or even easier. If it works so well, and workers are happy, why shouldln't they be given the choice?

Why Shouldn't Workers Be Given the Choice?

Despite 84% of workers saying they think they should be given the choice to work from home, they only experienced remote working for a short period of time. Would they still enjoy working from home a year later? In addition to this, even if your job is suited to working from home, some workers might not actually be able to. If they don't have very good technology for working online or doing zoom calls etc. this will be a problem. Also, where are you meant to work? Some people are lucky to have s spare bedroom, office/study, but others won't have the space or peace and quiet to work from home. Whilest remote working may be possible for many jobs, it really isn't for so many others. Workers like hairdressers, builders, doctors etc. simply cannot work from home, as they can't do their job online. As well as all this, businesses will have their own reasons as to why they don't want their workers working from home. Whether it costs more, or it is just a major inconvenience time-wise.

What do you think?

Personally, I think that workers should be given the choice if they want to work remotely or not, as whatever they feel happiest with or what suits them best should be what they get to do. But I'm curious to know what everyone else thinks, so feel free to comment below :)

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed it!

reasoning_honeydew

Comments (11)

  • consistent_cliff | Whyteleafe School E
    14 Dec 2020

    For office based work, working from home is a good idea if you have a family and want to spend more time with them rather than spending time commuting. However, if you live alone working from home can be lonely and stop you meeting people. I think a good balance would be to work from home for some of the week and then meet up in an office for the other days of the week. This would ensure that people can get support for the job they are doing with training etc. and learn from each other about the company and team they work for. Training and meeting new people are not always easy to do remotely on zoom etc.

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ the BNC
      consistent_cliff's comment 14 Dec 2020

      Great problem-solving, consistent_cliff!

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  • Hammond School logo polite_swan | Hammond Junior School C
    15 Dec 2020

    An amazing post you have just made,
    in my opinion I do believe that work should give workers the choice to work from home because if lets say you work for police but you answer the calls you could take the calls from your home and your work could previde the resources that are needed.
    But also you maybe shouldn't because if you work in a pub,restraint (basically any place were you need to serve people)you can't serve people from home you have to fiscally talk to them face to face. So Overall it really depends on the job you work for the have the oppitunity to work from home.

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  • Hammond School logo polite_swan | Hammond Junior School C
    15 Dec 2020

    An amazing post you have just made,
    in my opinion I do believe that work should give workers the choice to work from home because if lets say you work for police but you answer the calls you could take the calls from your home and your work could previde the resources that are needed.
    But also you maybe shouldn't because if you work in a pub,restraint (basically any place were you need to serve people)you can't serve people from home you have to fiscally talk to them face to face. So Overall it really depends on the job you work for the have the oppitunity to work from home.

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  • tom Tom @ the BNC
    15 Dec 2020

    A very thorough look at this question, reasoning_honeydew. What do you think WILL happen in 2021?

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  • Hammond School logo loyal_cymbals | Hammond Junior School C
    16 Dec 2020

    Hello reasoning_honeydew this is an interesting question you have thought about. Here is my opinion.

    Why workers should be given the choice?
    Workers should be given the choice to work from home because if you live far away from where you work it will take you a while to get there whereas if worker says are given the choice they can choose to work from if they want so it's easier for them and they won't have that worry thinking they are going to be late for work. The next reason why I think that people should be able to choose whether they work from home or not because if you are a single parent it's going to be hard to get your children ready for school when you know you have to get to work on time and if you can't afford child care then you will either have to leave earlier to pick them up from school or not work at all if they don't go to school because they will need round the clock care and you probably won't be able to take them to work with you. Whereas if they have the choice to work from home like over zoom calls they can look after their children at the same time and they might be able to have shorter time at work as they are at home.

    Why shouldn't workers be given the choice to work from home?
    Workers shouldn't be given the choice to work from home because they have only been doing for a short amount of time and they might get bored eventually of it and if they are not very good at i.t they might not be able to work the app meaning they won't be able to join the calls.

    Thank you for reading
    loyal_cymbals

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      loyal_cymbals's comment 16 Dec 2020

      You've shown excellent problem-solving in your responses here and it's great to see an interaction between you and reasoning_honeydew which is exactly what the BNC is for. Brilliant speaking and listening - good job!

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  • magical_elderberry | Whyteleafe School B
    16 Dec 2020

    the reasoning of these questions honeydew .what do you think will happen in 2021.

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  • dependable_artist | Whyteleafe School B
    16 Dec 2020

    i think they should choose to wear they want to work and i think you will sucseed

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  • joyous_petal | Whyteleafe School B
    16 Dec 2020

    I do agree that people should have the choice to work from home,or at their workplace,as,lots of people are working from home, and this is affecting their mental health.i know this because I've had to experience it.Some people are more comfortable working at their desired work place,but some don't mind,and can do both.But COVID-19 would prevent this from happening. Overall,i agree with you,as long as the workers are tested first.

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  • avatar.jpg EXPERT: Roger McShane, Middle East Editor @ The Economist
    12 Jan 2021

    Great post reasoning_honeydew. What effect do you think remote working would have on office cohesion and camaraderie in the long term? Perhaps remote working has gone well in the short term because workers already knew each other (much like you and your classmates). But in the long term, as new people are hired, remote working could lead to a decline in camaraderie because there are fewer opportunities for people to get to know each other.

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