Telecommuting and working from "home" is all the rage. I have a number of friends who rarely, if ever leave their homes during their workday. This is a boon for them and their families, as the commuting time is eliminated. People who work from home often suffer from fewer interruptions and can tailor their schedule to the other family activities during the day. Many of these folks don't have an "office" anymore, which has cut down costs and space requirements for many large organizations.
There are, however, several significant downsides to telecommuting. They are: isolation, time-shifting and absence of grooming.
It takes a special kind of person to work remotely. Just because your company asks you to do it does not mean that you're cut out for it. Working from home removes you from the culture and the tides of thought and change that sweep any business, and can quickly find you outside of the mainstream thinking in the business. Working from home often eliminates the opportunities for chance encounters in the hallway or discussions over your lunch break when many little nuggets of information are conveyed. Working from home can seem very isolated. If you think the "drop-bys" at the office are bad, wait until no one drops by when you are at home. Believe me you'll look forward to the mailman.
Second, there's an issue with time-shifting. Face it, we are all working more, not less, anyway. If your home is where your work is, when are you "on the clock" and when are you "off the clock"? It becomes much more simple to go "back to work" after dinner if you work from home, but fairly soon you can find yourself complete immersed in work, even at home, to the detriment of your life and your family. It takes a fair amount of discipline to keep the balance between work life and home life when your office is in your house.
Third, there's an issue with grooming. Not the showering and shaving part, although that sometimes goes by the wayside as well. I have a friend who works for a very large firm with worldwide operations. He has reports on several continents. Several of these people have reported to him for many years. Three of them he has NEVER met face to face. While I recognize this is less about telecommuting and more about distance, I cannot understand how people can be effectively evaluated and groomed for new jobs when their co-wokers and managers never interact with them face to face. So much about getting along with and managing people comes from personal interaction, yet if many of us work from home those skills may atrophy.
So, while your boss may present you with the "opportunity" to work from home, be sure to consider the issues that surrond telecommuting. It takes a significant amount of discipline to work effectively from home and to stay current with your colleagues. It takes discipline to manage your work hours and your personal hours and not to conflate the two. And it will require you to get in front of your co-workers, customers and boss on a somewhat regular basis to ensure your interaction skills don't decline, and that you stay top of mind with them.