In spite of many studies showing that working from home drives productivity and benefits both employees and employers, many companies still do not date risk towards a remote workforce.
Common sense usually dictates that those heading to an office every day are more committed to their tasks than those who carry them out from home through the Internet. Many suppose virtual communication is unstable, or that a worker cannot be disciplined if not in direct contact with their boss, but this is far from being true. Contrary to what usually happens, a study carried out at the University of Stanford showed that teleworkers are 13% more productive than their colleagues working from an office.
This research was performed with employees of a Chinese multinational company, and it was published in 2012. Results further show that those working from home have 50% occupational burnout and increased work satisfaction. Employees agree that they get distracted with entertainment and home tasks, but this does not reduce productivity. On the contrary, it is believed that increased performance is due to the fact that workers find themselves stress-free by being able to have relax times and, in this way, they can continue working more efficiently.
A recent article by the Harvard Business Review refers to this. Its author, Business Advisor Scott Edinger, says that:
Teleworkers optimize their time and maximize their communication opportunities with their colleagues. Messages are concrete and exchange is focused on the objectives of each task; thus, they can even be better communicated than their colleagues working in the same space.
And that is not all. In an survey by the news agency Reuters dedicated to business, 65% of the interviewed people answered that they believe teleworkers are more productive, since by having more flexible times they manage time more efficiently.
There is no doubt that there are many more factors for than against implementing teleworking in any type of company or business. Technology makes things easier and easier, and results obtained by companies that tried it are positive. Thus, both employees and employers can benefit from the advantages of improved working conditions and increased productivity.