Why Working from Home Isn't for Everyone

What We Learned in 2015: Shared offices went big, while a Canadian company built an online assessment to test workers' home-aloneability

Written by PROFIT Staff
The WeWork co-working space in Washington, D.C. in March 2013. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

It turns out that saying goodbye to your office cubicle can be just as bad as being chained to your desk. As more companies experiment with flexible working options to allow employees better work-life balance (and to cut overhead costs), many telecommuters and solopreneurs are discovering that they miss life at the office.

Having a place to go in the morning filled with other people is a big part of the appeal—37% of home-working Canadians surveyed by business centre operator Regus say they feel lonely, and 60% said they’re “going stale” and needed to schedule trips outside the house.

Co-working spaces like U.S. sector leader WeWork and Canada’s own Intelligent Office are rushing to offer shared office space, with perks and networking opportunities in addition to desks that lonesome workers (temporarily) call their own.

And despite this rising trend promoting workplace flexibility, Laura Hambley, CEO at Work EvOHlution, doesn’t believe all employees should work remotely.

Hambley’s Calgary-based company created an online assessment that lets employers determine whether an employee can actually be productive away from the office. It does so by using psychometric tests that look at whether someone has the personality traits needed to handle a flexible work schedule, and then returning an assessment of strengths and weaknesses, and the number of working days away from the office the employee can manage.

“It’s not necessarily about preventing [flexibility],” Hambley says. “It’s about supporting people so they can be more successful in these new ways of working.”


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Originally appeared on PROFITguide.com