Working from home is based on trust. Trust of employees to get the job done. Trust of employees not to take advantage of their boss. Trust of the boss not to take advantage of the employees. Trust is everything. And if you and your co-workers don’t have it, then implementing a work from home program may not work for you.
C3 has an incredible culture that is set by the Big Man (our wonderful and spirited CEO Chris Koch) at the top. He allows his employees to work from home two days a week. Everyone works from home on Fridays, and they choose whether they want to work from home Tuesday or Wednesday. Normally, separate departments work from home on the same days.
This work from home mentality has been at C3 from the start of our business. Most of our employees were, at one time or another, freelancers. Working from home is second nature to them and has become second nature to the rest of us.
But what about communication? Doesn’t it suffer when people aren’t in the office? I’m glad you were thinking about this too. Because of the wonders of the internet (it really is a great invention isn’t it?) C3 has been able to streamline communication for when our employees are working from home, or anywhere really. Video conferences have become the norm, Slack is our best friend, and everyone is just a phone call away.
Working from home definitely has its benefits for C3, but would it work for your company? Maybe. Do you trust your employees to work without oversight? Do you truly believe them to work as hard at their house as they do in the office? Do your employees have everything they would need to work from home (laptops, cell phones, etc.)? Do you trust your employees? Do you trust your employees? Do you trust your employees? If you answered no to any of these questions, a work from home program may not work for you. But, if you answered yes, you may want to give it a shot, you’ll be awed by the results.