By DAVID ROCK
In the last decade, we’ve seen tremendous changes in our workforce. With all of the recent advancement in technologies, nearly three-quarters of employers give their employees the tools they need to work remotely, giving employees more freedom to pick the hours they work.
Instead of designating the first hour of work to answer emails, the next hour to beating through phone calls, and the hours after to facilitating endless meetings due to protocol—people now have the luxury of being able to complete their work at any point in time. But anyone who works remotely would say that even when the corporate structure is stripped away, being productive can still be a challenge.
“Telecommuting”, as a recent article on Yahoo’s decision to ban working beyond its walls calls it, has its fair share of disadvantages too. Ironically enough, in exchange for working remotely, most employees choose to work until later at night. Approximately 80% of people think it’s okay to make a work-related call at night. As a result of these later hours, the work sometimes seeps into “off” hours, which can obviously take away time from family and make it difficult to maintain a consistent social life.