There has been a lot of debate between the benefits of working from home and working from the office. Giving employees flexible working hours has shown great productivity improvements for many companies. Not simply working from home, but having the options to work both from the office and at home has seemed to have made workers happier and more productive.
While there are many companies that have seen good things come from this model, on the other side, you can point to big corporations such as Google and Facebook, who are opening offices all around the world in order to stress the importance of collaboration and being in the same office at the same time.
So which option is better? In reality, both are highly effective. In the best case scenario, a combination of the two needs to be available. Being in the same office with your co-workers has its advantages, and for the most part, these advantages come when looking at the creative process. Brainstorming, coming up with new ideas, and progressing in the work of your company is something that happens much more gracefully when everyone is working under one roof.
However, restrictions of having to always be in the office, do not work that well for boosting morale and general productivity. It has been shown that people who have the option of working from home or the office are generally more productive. For example, if you see on the news in the morning that there is a huge traffic jam and that your commute is going to be hellish, working from home will make you more productive that day. It is better in such a case to stay at home and work than to spent an hour or two in traffic and enter the office frustrated and upset.
In the best case scenario, a balance between the two would work the best. Keep the creative and collaborate side of working in face-to-face mode, while giving your employees the option of not having to come in to the office when it is not absolutely necessary for the task and project at hand.