Working From Home: Does It Work

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 Productivity and Working From Home

Myths About Working From Home Exploded

There has been an awful lot written about working from home and the perceived benefits to both the employer and employee alike. However, there has always been a healthy bit of skepticism about the much ballyhooed increases in productivity that would supposedly be realized. With more and more pressure on companies to increase productivity, while keeping attrition to a minimum, there has been a lot of impetus to increase the number of employees working from home.

Statistics from Canada have shown a dramatic increase in the numbers of people that are working from home with there being 11.2% of the total workforce doing so in 2008. Based on other information coming to light, that number is likely to increase over the coming years. Advances in technology that have allowed off-shoring of a lot of desk jockey type jobs have also made it more realistic for more and more people to be able to check-in from their own home offices, as opposed to facing the long commute downtown.

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Companies are motivated to increase the ranks of those working from home because of the obvious reduction in infrastructure costs. Less office space required, less office expenses, heck even less coffee and bottled water to buy. The offsetting concern is that productivity falls off as people spend more time in the relaxed atmosphere of their home doing things that are not job production related. Recent studies have shown something completely different, and these findings should make some companies reconsider their actions.

In a report published in July of 2012, a Chinese travel web site’s CEO and a Stanford economist tackled the productivity question.  Findings in the report showed that in reality there was a 13% increase in productivity over the nine month period that the survey covered. Over half of that amount was due to the increase in the number of hours worked (due to shorter breaks and fewer sick days).  Further to that, workers that were working from home punched in and out of work with far greater punctuality, giving lie to the widely held belief that left to their own accord workers might tend to be serious slackers.

Efficiency is also gained by not having to work in a bustling noisy office environment that can often prove to be very distracting. Co-workers often cause major interruptions in thoughts and productive actions throughout the course of the day.  Workers that worked from home were on average a far happier lot, and as a result their attrition rate was less than 50%. Increases in attrition also cause losses in productivity when time needs to be invested in training and getting new workers up to speed.

Clearly there is a real demonstrable advantage to having employees working from home wherever it is practicable to do so. Every company will have to look at their specific circumstances and needs prior to making the decision to go this route.

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2 Responses to “Working From Home: Does It Work”

  1. Dagmar Wichary Says:

    I am working from home and I love it ,no traffic to fight in the bad weather and I have my time-freedom I can work when I want to [morning or night]


    sigrid Reply:

    I’m with you Dagmar!!



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