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Why It’s Productive to Let Employees Work from Home

Let employees work from home

With today’s technologies, it’s possible to build a company without all your employees needing to work in the same location. You can set up offices in different cities, and workers can communicate quickly and efficiently via Slack, Skype, and other technologies. Yet you can also have many of your employees work from home, and you may be surprised at how this can be more productive.

In a 2017 report by Fundera, they found that 3.7 million employees in the United States worked from home at least half the time; that’s 2.8% of the workforce. And these numbers are on the rise: this more than doubled since 2005.

Many people in business think that if employees work at home they’ll goldbrick: they’ll sit around and binge-watch Netflix, they’ll drink beer, and they won’t get any work done. However, businesses that have made the switch and allow working from home have found that remote employees are more productive.

Here’s why it’s productive to let employees work from home.

Less stress

Less stress working from home

Employees who work at home are often less stressed. They don’t have a tiring daily commute, and they can work at more appropriate hours. If they have kids, it makes it a lot easier to take them to school and pick them up. Even if their kids are sick, remote employees can often work, avoiding the need to take personal days off.

Also, employees working from home have more control over their environment, and can be more comfortable. They can set the temperature as they like it, open or close windows when they want, and benefit from a quiet environment: no more of that continuous din of talking, phones ringing, and printers churning.

Not all remote employees will work from home every day; some go to the office two or three days a week, others for specific business meetings that need face-to-face time, but the ability to not be tied to an office desk all the time contributes to better well-being.

More work time

More time to work when working from home

When employees work from home they take fewer sick days, and don’t spend as much time on breaks. They may spend more time working overall, since they are more in control of their time, and aren’t at the whim of impromptu meetings or the comings and goings that interrupt attention. And they can be more flexible: some employees may start work earlier or later, because they need to get the kids to school, and can work later in the day.

More productivity

Employees working from home are more productive

Because of the decreased stress and more comfortable atmosphere, remote employees are more productive. A study published in 2014 (PDF) looked at a Chinese travel agency with 16,000 employees and found that their performance increased by 13%, in part because they worked more – they took fewer sick days and even took fewer breaks – but also because of the “quieter and more convenient environment.”

Lower costs