BLUF

Decisions to work from home, by supervisors or individuals. need to balance ensuring capability requirements are met with flexibility and personal wellbeing.

Summary

You have an application across your desk for flexible working hours, or maybe you are considering working from home (WFH) yourself. The ADF accommodates WFH initiatives where unit routine allows it. Citing the advantages, Misha Ketchell lists benefits like increased productivity due to less commuting times and associated fatigue, and improved work-life balance. However, the downsides can include the stress of distractions from other householders; isolation caused by physical dislocation from colleagues and supervisors; and reduced innovation as ideas are unable to organically pass between proximate colleagues. An astute supervisor/leader needs to be alert to the problems of WFH and discuss these problems with team members.