Working from home increases productivity

October 31, 2013, University of Melbourne

(Phys.org) —Employees who work from home one to three days per week called 'hybrid teleworkers', are more productive than workers who do none, according to a new study undertaken by the Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society (IBES) at the University of Melbourne and University of Auckland in New Zealand.

One of the lead authors, Dr Rachelle Bosua from the University of Melbourne says work patterns and places of work are changing dramatically as a result of increased adoption of digital technologies.

"Our findings indicate a positive relationship between the ability to telework and well-being which in turn contributes to more productive . "

"In addition, work and family life is getting more blended and entwined. These elements pose unique challenges to successfully manage a new era of flexible workers and measure outputs."

"Our study confirms that is a way for managers to invest in the wellbeing of their workers increasing productivity, job satisfaction, and retaining talented workers".

The research, which surveyed more than 1800 employees and almost 100 HR and senior managers in 50 businesses and organisations across New Zealand and Australia, found that teleworkers believe their flexible work arrangements allowed them to be more productive and to perform better at work, while managers found they delivered better outcomes and suffered less from absenteeism.

Teleworking is now accepted as a mainstream model for working from home with 'hybrid teleworking' the most popular model. The research was commissioned by Cisco.

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angeldear
not rated yet Nov 08, 2013
Hi, I have been working from home for quite sometime now for staff.com. I can say that working from home really increase productivity. Productivity by means of starting your work right. Unlike if you are working in an office, hours of travel and traffic not to mention the preparation before going to work like preparing breakfast really stresses me. When you are working at home, you start your work right because you feel good.

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