The flexibility to work from home has long been a sought-after perk for employees. And as remote work spreads, more managers are discovering the benefits for companies, too.The productivity of remote workers has been in debate for longer than remote work became popular.citing a survey of 1,000 hiring managers. Some 63 percent currently have remote workers on their payroll, and many respondents said they expect up to 38 percent of their full-time staff to be working remotely in the next decade. Thankfully, today’s work-from-home capabilities are much more sophisticated than simply carrying on conversations over the phone. We have access to email, chat, video conferences, cloud collaboration software, and dozens of other technologies that now make it possible for almost any office job to be done completely and remotely. The American workplace is changing to reflect these capabilities. A study conducted recently in the Harvard Business Review surveyed more than 1,500 white-collar employees and found that giving workers more control over their time helps them avoid burnout. The researchers also discovered that employees without flexible schedules are twice as likely to leave their jobs, still the question remains: is working from home more productive than working in an office.
- Employees have long loved the perks of working from home but employers are now seeing the benefits too.
- Employees who work from home have less burn out and are less likely to leave their jobs.
- Having workers work remotely also cuts down on the size of real estate a company needs.
“They decided to let Hamilton try doing her job remotely. Together, they developed protocols and metrics to preserve her productivity, and she started leaning more heavily on teleconferencing and chat technologies to maintain a virtual presence in the office so she would need to physically be there only periodically.”