The concept of working from home is often associated with a host of negative connotations. Distraction, idleness, avoiding responsibility and therefore decreased productivity are just a few of the preconceived notions often correlated with working within familiar confines. Although working from home means being farther away from a manager and closer to the television and perhaps an attention-seeking dog, recent studies and surveys contradict the impact of these “distractions” and reveal that working from home benefits employees and companies alike in three distinct areas.
Ctrip, China’s travel agent giant, monitored the work performance and productivity of two groups of employees—a group working form home and a group of office workers (control)—for nine months. Shift length, computer hardware and software, equipment and work order flow were held constant. The only variance was location. The results of this experiment on work environments showed a 13% increase in remote-worker performance, while the performance of office workers remained stagnant. Home-based employees worked more minutes per shift, taking less breaks and sick days than their office-worker counterparts. The variable group identified a quieter work environment at home as the root of this increased productivity.
Bottom-line benefits: work performance improves due to the ability of each employee to customize their work environments and maximize their comfort levels. Employers see increased work input and therefore product output.
Conservation of Resources
Commutes and office computers are costly, both in terms of energy and hardware. One day of working from home means one less day of idling in traffic, reducing your company’s carbon footprint. Businesses will also benefit from reduced office overhead costs, as employees will use less company resources on the days they work from home.
Bottom-line benefits: Employees will save fuel, companies will see reductions in electricity costs and conservation efforts will be bolstered. For more information, check out our free e-book about Green IT!
Work often induces stress. According to a 2005 study from Work and Families Institute, 90% of US workers felt that their jobs required them to work hard and that there was not enough time in their day to complete their work tasks. Similarly, nearly 50% of working dads and 25% of working moms claimed that they don’t spend an adequate amount of time with their families, according to a 2013 Pew Report. Working from home eliminates much of the conflict associated with balancing work and personal affairs. Employees feel more connected to household happenings, and therefore less stressed. In the aforementioned Ctrip study, annual staff turnover decreased by 50% among employees working from home due to increased job satisfaction.
Bottom-line benefits: Working from home allows employees to attain a more desirable work/home balance. Companies benefit by experiencing less staff turnover.
Due to the need for flexibility in modern society, there has been a drastic increase in the amount of employees who opt to work from home. Census data from the USA show that 17% of the US workforce works from home at least once a week. As businesses adjust to this rising trend, they must consider the reliability and security of their remote access solutions. HOB’s remote access solutions are easily tailored to your remote access needs and the first step towards maximizing employee performance and satisfaction.
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