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Jul 10

Working from home is more productive

working from home increases productivity and reduces stress

Evidence that working from home increases productivity

A little while ago I gave you a list of free software that enables you to work from home. With the Olympics getting ever closer it’s something you need to seriously consider. Travel times are expected to at least double, if not triple. While you may be willing to get out of bed earlier, and get home later, the truth is the patterns are going to be unpredictable, and you’ll find it very difficult to put in the hours at your desk.

So, if you need to convince your boss that homeworking is a good idea, that’s half the story. The other half comes from a recent study from Stanford University showing that homeworkers are more productive.

OK, so the study was based on a 13, 000 strong NASDAQ listed Chinese firm, where the volunteers where from their call-centre employers, but the breakdown of the results shows some interesting figures.

It showed a 12% increase in performance in the group of volunteer homeworkers, over a month, attributed to the following:

  • 8.5% increase in time spent working, due to less breaks an sick rates
  • 3.5% increase in higher performance, due to the quieter, more controlled environment.

The study also showed that staff attrition rates fell by 50%, and work satisfaction rose on a number of scores.

I don’t have any research papers to hand that show how a bad commute reduces productivity and raises stress, but I’ll let you fill that space in with anecdotal experience!

Put this together with the free tools mentioned earlier and the Olympics looks like an excellent time to trial working from home for your organisation.

Some other tips:

  • Choose ‘data heavy’ days, so you’ll have a report or similar to show for your time.
  • Stay connected, via email, or preferably, by Skype.
  • Set yourself clear goals of what you want to achieve, and set a timetable to help keep you on track.
  • Try and keep a separate area for work, and even if it does get lonely, don’t turn on that TV!

All the best, and let us know if you have anything to add!

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