Studies have long shown that working from home increases productivity. This, already an echo of raving employees, has been a fairly new concept. Technology advances have only allowed employees to work from home in recent times. According to a 2019 article by Forbes, “Remote work is no longer a privilege.” And Fast Company writes in their 2019 article, working from home “is the new normal.”
However, until about March 2020 where stay-home orders and lockdowns have forced non-essential businesses to work from home, many employers were previously against the concept. There’s historically been a big misconception among remote workers and working from home. Many employers have felt that they needed to keep a close eye on those they employ and pay an income to. Some feel that they will be taken advantage of if they allow their employee to work from home. The stigma that they will slack off, lose communication, and be generally unproductive, couldn’t be further from the truth. Let’s highlight a few positive takeaways from working from home, and their impact on productivity.
Employees are more readily available working from home.
According to a recent Airtasker study, employees take fewer and shorter breaks when working from home, making them more productive. We’ve also spent time talking to many remote workers whose stories we’ve been sharing, and found that most employees report that they make themselves available during non-business hours working from home. This versus their inability to be available outside the office previously.
Prioritizing work over co-working relationships from home.
Like it or not, working in an office comes with its range of office politics, including co-working relationships. In fact, 1 in 10 millennials stated that they prioritize their work relationships over their actual work. Meanwhile, 28% of employees reported quitting their job over toxic work relationships. Whether these relationships are with friends made at work, there’s a lack of work, a general feeling of not wanting to work, helping other co-workers get their job done, or simple work office politics and social etiquette; they are there none the less. And they seem to take up a good chunk of time in the office vs. working from home where this dynamic is vastly different.
Less distraction by management when working from home.
Between chatty management, micromanagement, and feeling stressed by management, the office can easily be a place of distraction. Studies show that employees feel less distracted by management when working from home. They are able to focus on their work, do their job without someone breathing down their back, and deliver on their tasks with ease.
All in all, while both working situations have their positives and drawbacks, productivity working from home certainly is not something to be worried about.