This isn’t surprising, as there are many known benefits of working from home, both for the individual as well as the company.
For the individual, often it means operating on your schedule. Working during off-hours – either early in the morning or late into the night – is often highly productive thanks to reduced interruptions from colleagues. The research supports this, those remote workers saying they are more productive working remotely than in an office – a clear benefit also for the organization.
Avoiding the commute is another major benefit of remote work for many employees. Just last year, it was estimated that the average person in commute is now 66 minutes per day. This is the time that remote workers can invest in personal health and relationships instead.
Concerned with the bias that can exist in some reports, Forbes recently curated research from Gallup, Harvard University, Global Workplace Analytics, and Stanford University. Forbes found that teleworkers are 35–40 percent more productive than office counterparts, and remote work autonomy promotes higher quality results, with a 40 percent reduction in quality defects. Organizations also save an average of $100,000 per year per part-time telecommuter.
However, working from home also comes with its challenges. 19 percent of employees who work remotely cite loneliness as one of their biggest challenges. Additionally, physical challenges can arise when employees find themselves working at a too-high kitchen table, or in an awkward chair, working with insufficient light, or without decent acoustics for calls – all of which can lead to injuries over time. These create risks for both individuals and employers.
One thing that has become crystal clear during the pandemic is that employees working from home need tangible physical, technological, and emotional support from employers to remain engaged, productive, and healthy.