Do Remote Workers Out Perform In-Office Workers?
A study by the Harvard Business Review found that the number of employees who said they cannot concentrate at their desk has increased by 16 percent since 2008. This is just one study that supports the idea that remote workers perform better than office workers. Here are a few key reasons why.
With zero distractions in the office and better autonomy, remote workers have the ability to do more work in less time. A national survey by Sure Payroll showed that 65 percent of workers said remote work increased their productivity and another 86 percent noted that working alone allows them to hit the maximum productivity. According to Polycom, 98 percent of respondents said that “anywhere working” has a positive impact on productivity.
You may think that being away from colleagues would result in less collaboration, but in fact, it increases communication and fosters better collaboration. The distance demands more communication because workers cannot depend on physical proximity so they must constantly communicate with team members. Also according to Polycom, 92% of survey respondents believe video collaboration technology helps improve relationships and boasts better teamwork.
Office life is often infiltrated with absences since workers call out sick, leave early for errands or events, etc. Remote workers, on the other hand, do not need to make excuses and can design their workdays around the work that needs to be completed along with personal errands that need to be done. If a worker comes down with a cold, they can still work without infecting the entire office.
If they have an errand that needs to be run during the day, they can handle it quickly without losing an entire workday, or feeling they have someone looking over their shoulder. Off-site workers also feel more trusted and respected. In today’s competitive economy it’s about getting your job done – not punching a time card.
Buffer teamed up with Workfrom and Hubtaff to collect data from over 1,900 remote workers from around the world and created the State of Remote Work report for 2018. The report found that 90% of remote workers plan on working remotely for the rest of their careers because they are able to customize their workspace and style, adding to their personal preference to where and how they work.
The report also found that 43% of remote workers found the biggest benefit of working remotely to be the flexible schedule it offers.
According to a 2016 survey of remote American workers, 91 percent of people who work from home feel that they are more productive than when they are in an office. Another popular cited study from 2014 in which the co-founders of Chinese travel website CTrip allowed some of their workers to work remotely on a regular basis and compare their productivity to their in-office colleagues and the study showed that remote workers ended up making 13.5 percent more calls than those in office, which is the equivalent of almost a full extra day’s work in a given week.
It is evident that remote workers can save companies money and can also help increase employee satisfaction which increases productivity due to the more flexible work environment. While working remotely is not an option for every job, there is clear evidence that it can have significant benefits in the right application.
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