There are a few but not all are current or applying exclusively to our field:
NOTE: Some of the articles appeared in journals and aren't free.
Update - Personal Experience
I've now been doing this for about 4 months at the time of this update (2012-02-146), and here's a simple pro-con list:
- time-table flexibility
- to pick the kids up from school
- to take care of family emergencies
- to walk to the kitchen to grab coffee
- productivity can sometimes be increased
- less disruption from co-workers or open-space annoyances
- own set of software and tools, workstation tweaking (as long as you don't indulge too much into it)
- savings on travel
- though we careful that if you still need to occasionally travel, you factor that in and don't end up paying more expensives travel cards in your area for one-off journeys or other similar issues
- healthier eating (depends on the workplace and your cooking skills...)
- if your IT requirements permit, you can check-in on work anytime you want, as you're always at your office
- managing the time table is tricky
- keeping relatives away is harder,they don't (and may take a very long time to, by the look of it) understand that boundaries are needed and need to be respected
- whether it's your children and partner barging in to ask for help with something or discuss something important happening in their lives, which you could ignore at the office if you're in a meeting. Here, they barge into the meeting...
- or your mother calling in the middle of the day "since you're working from home"
- or the unexpected (like paramedics calling me on day to check on an old lady in my building, which I had just moved into, because they didn't get her phone number right and where trying to reach someone in the building by using the white pages: you just can't make that up)
- productivity can also take a hit under some cirumstances
- connectivity drops are a PITA
- if you IT department is a bit "annoying", you may end up with no local software kit, no decent hardware, and not even a VPN access but just an RDP gateway to your old workstation back at the office (this purely sucks, be warned)
- communication is more difficult, though possible:
- face time is harder to arrange
- your colleagues skype- or phone-screen you on occasions, and so do you the other way around
- the coolest and most modern gadgets and virtual office tools won't match that the good ol' back and forth during a brainstorming session with a whiteboard, colored markers and a hand-full of sticky notes
- crappier eating
- you can tend to fall into a cycle of eating snacks and things you have readily available in your kitchen (and then end up spending more than you would at an office, where you might focus more)
- you develop a tendency to check in out of office hours, which may not always be healthy (for your work habits, and for your family time)
A lot of these are obviously linked: if you get into a non-productive cycle and take some time to snap out of it, you might be tempted to eat junk snacks and all that.
There are also so variables that are neither pros nor cons, but will affect the experience:
- is your boss the more "give-you-some-leash" type or the "whatchya-been-doing-these-past-5-minutes"?
- it's understandable as you might (and I would assume you would) occasionally slack off, and might actually keep you on your toes
- it gets you down, disrupts your concentration, and eats time for nothing if you were actually working
- is your home more likely than your office to have environmental annoyances (for instance, I had roadworks for 2 weeks outside my window at home... but I had a pre-school under my window at the office)
Overall I am happy with the experience and have been trying to refine my process to work at home to the fullest extent of my produtivity, but it takes some discipline at first and then whenever life gets you a bit down (I find that it's harder to shake than in an office).
If I had the choice though, I'd much prefer to still work at the office with colleagues, but from the experience I'd say I wouldn't mind having subordinates requesting to telecommute (at least for a try-out).
I could go on longer, but this isn't hard-data, just personal feedback as originally promised.
Update 2 - More Personal (Bad) Experience
It's been longer now, and I have to say I've lost momentum on a few things and let myself get overworked at a given period and... it took me nearly 2 months to snap out of a near-depressive and vegetative state.
Which, granted, is what I expected to happen eventually and why I didn't really want to work from home in the first place, as the environment is more prone to this type of thing and makes it harder to kick the burn-out feeling than if you're at the office with your peers. It's also very frustrating when you know exactly how to snap out of it (it's all detailed up there: follow the dots and things will be fine, but actually doing it takes some will power, sometimes...) but just can't get yourself to actually do it.
If it does happen to you, grab a friend or co-worker and have them look over your shoulder every once in a while and get people to request more frequent status updates from you (not too many). Grab people that you know won't be (too) judgmental and won't make it a hassle for you, so that you have a motivator and a need to keep things going. Do force yourself to plan and time box your daily duties as much as possible.
It really got pretty bad for me at some point, as I had a lengthy period of professional overwork and a crazy load of these fun things life can throw at you.
Still not saying working from home is necessarily bad, but it does have its cons, and getting into this state is already bad enough, so you better have an environment that helps you shake it.