Illustration: Ashley Siebels
If you want to be productive, step away from your cubicle and go back home. That’s what FlexJobs’ new survey of more than 5,500 professionals found.
Survey: Workers get their best work done at home
The majority of survey respondents — 66% — said they preferred working at home to working in a traditional office. Perhaps these respondents liked remote work so much more than cubicle life because they felt that no work was getting done in traditional 9-to-5 offices. Only 7% of people said that they got their most productive work done at the office. The majority of respondents said that their homes were where they went when they “really need to get something done for work.”
Of course, since FlexJobs is a website for flexible jobs, this finding behooves the company. But FlexJobs’ findings aligns with other research that found remote workers to be superior in terms of productivity to office workers. In 2014, Ctrip, a Chinese travel company, decided to put this idea to the test, splitting up its workers into remote ones and desk-bound ones. Ctrip found that, all other factors being equal, the remote workers were doing a full extra day’s worth of work in a week.
Benefits beyond productivity
Beyond the productivity advantages, letting your employees work remotely is profitable to everyone’s bottom-lines. Remote work can save businesses thousands of dollars and can increase an employee’s salary. Ctrip estimated that it saved $1,900 per employee when it made the switch to remote work.
And as for employees? They’re more likely to start earning more when they work remotely. A 2017 report found that the average telecommuter is able to earn $4,000 more than people who work in an office.
Not everyone is a fan of remote work, however. Yahoo and IBM, for example, recently cancelled their work-from-home policies because they wanted employees to collaborate “side by side” and “shoulder by shoulder.”
Despite these naysayers, as long as there continues to be a demand for remote work from disgruntled desk-bound employees, the future of work is going to remain flexible.