In a world where we have everything at our fingertips, why do we continue to commute? We know that working from home can save gas and reduce pollution, but now we know that it can actually make employees more productive as well.
Yes, it’s true. There is a good reason why some people dread going into the office each morning. According to a recent survey of 3,100 professionals, a whopping 50% were more productive working from home, while 8% were more productive at libraries, coffee shops or co-working spaces. Only 7% were most productive when working in the office.
If you are a boss, consider the following benefits of letting your team conduct business from home:
- Working remotely can give an employee a sense of independence. People don’t need an overseer to complete a task. As a matter of fact, they tend to do better without micromanagement.
- Closeness with teammates is not necessarily sacrificed when working remotely. While human interaction is healthy, many people are finding that they don’t need to be physically close to one another in order to work well together. Unless they are a basketball team, of course.
- A person working remotely can focus on their work better. There far fewer distractions when at home (without your family), compared to workplaces with open office trends. Studies show that in offices, you work an average of 11 minutes between interruptions. It can take up to 25 minutes after an interruption to re-focus and return to the task at hand!
- Scientific studies reveal the connection between psychological and physical privacy and job performance. Remote teams have the flexibility to work in settings that suit them best.
- Remote employees tend to be happier throughout the day. There is less stress—more free time, no meetings, no politics, no long commutes!
- More than 80% of survey respondents said they would be more loyal to employers if this were available. Telecommuters started work earlier, worked longer hours and took shorter breaks than in-office teams.