Go Ahead, Tell Your Boss You Are Working From Home | Nicholas Bloom | TEDxStanford

Go Ahead, Tell Your Boss You Are Working From Home | Nicholas Bloom | TEDxStanford

Working from home (or WFH) has an undeservedly bad reputation, says Stanford economist Bloom. Based on research comparing the productivity of those who are “home working on their couches or in their pajamas” with those commuting and sitting in a cubicle 8 hours a day, Bloom says no one should be afraid to tell their boss they are working at home. Here is the evidence you need to convince your supervisor to let you give it a try.

Nicholas (Nick) Bloom is the William Eberle Professor of Economics at Stanford University, a Senior Fellow of SIEPR, and a Co-Director of the Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research focuses on management practices and uncertainty. He previously worked at the UK Treasury and McKinsey & Company. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the recipient of awards including an Alfred Sloan Fellowship, the Bernacer Prize, the European Investment Bank prize, the Frisch Medal, the Kauffman Medal and a National Science Foundation Career Award. He has a BA from Cambridge, an MPhil from Oxford, and a PhD from UCLA.

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rangermaverick85 says:

I am a software developer and I work from home 1 or 2 days per week. I am lucky enough to work for a company where it doesn't matter how many hours you work or how longer you stay in the office warming your chair. As long as you deliver and you do your tasks, it's good and this is how it should be. Just be responsible for yourself, do your contracted hours and if you finish your work earlier you can always invest the time in practising your skills with online courses/exercises/books.

reicirith says:

Having the choice makes all the difference. Some days I don't mind work, but the commute is just unbearable, by the time I get in to work I'm hangry and fed up. Instead, I could be at home, eating my breakfast, while checking my e-mail 45 minutes early. Now think about the amount of congestion you could clear up also, and make everyone elses' commute easier.

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I work from home since year 2001 and it's priceless, I would never exchange it with anything else.

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Katrin Nitsche says:

I would love to work from home. I am a software developer and have a disability which makes it nearly impossible to work in a normal office environment or to commute very long every day.

sanjuansteve says:

I've always found the best way to convert your boss into letting you work from home is when you have the most important projects, let the boss know you'll work on it over the weekend or at night from home because it's a more efficient work environment for you. Teach your employer that your best work is done from home, then just do it more and more. I've done that with several employers that otherwise had never had a remote working employee. 😀

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