Telecommuting has been a hot topic of debate recently as employers continue to argue whether or not remote employees are productive. Despite employer concerns, there’s statistical evidence to prove why and how working from home is actually more productive. In fact, on average, remote workers are generally happier and more engaged than office workers.
While telecommuting won’t work for every employer or employee, many businesses, including Google and Intel, have had success with it. Currently, 34 million people “occasionally” telecommute, and this is expected to increase to 63 million by 2016. Clearly, this is not a workplace fad.
Here are a few reasons why working from home actually leads to higher productivity.
Remote workers are more engaged than those who work in an office.
When working in an office, there are a variety of distractions that impact productivity. These include co-workers popping into your office unannounced, dealing with background noise if you have to make a call, going to spur of the moment meetings and more. Furthermore, factoring in transportation time takes an additional hour or more off your workday.
Remote workers have the luxury of getting up, walking to their desk and starting their workday. They can easily call into virtual meetings, and they can actually work longer because they don’t have to worry about getting ready or the morning commute. As a result, remote workers can be more engaged and productive than those who work in an office.
Remote workers are less stressed because there is no commute to work.
Let’s face it: the morning commute is one of the most dreaded parts of the work day, and being judged on appearance is a close second. Not only do you have to worry about getting to work on time, but you also feel the pressure to look nice on a daily basis. It can be exhausting, and it can also distract workers from what they’re there to do: work.
Working from home provides an environment where workers feel comfortable and they can focus on what they do best. It’s less stressful, less rushed and more beneficial in the long-run.
Finally, home can be a place of focus and serenity, leading to happier and more productive employees.
It’s no secret that happy employees are more productive than unhappy ones. Why wouldn’t you want to offer employees something that would make them happier? A home is something that your employees have built; it’s a place of comfort and serenity. Providing them with an opportunity to work there will certainly make them happier, leading to decreased employee turnover and increased productivity.
Many times, the struggle for employers regarding telecommuting is feeling like they don’t have control or that employees will take advantage of the situation. While these are legitimate concerns, there have also been many employees who have thrived with this type of work environment. Learn more about what it takes to make a remote work environment feasible for your organization by reading our infographic, “Best Practices for Working Remotely“.