Working From Home or In the Office – Who Is More Productive?

With more and more companies offering work-from-home positions, a question whether it is really the more productive way is often raised. The debate seems to be active for a long time now, and the answer depends on who you ask.

The CEO of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer, shut down the company’s telecommuting arrangements in 2013, bringing the light back to the argument. She then announced that even though people often are more productive working from home, they are also less innovative and collaborative. Still, almost two years have passed and other companies don’t seem to have a problem with their employees working from home.

In the meantime, some research has been carried out trying to answer the question if working from home will just make employees relax and take the job less seriously, or will this new approach to working make employees more productive. A Stanford University professor Nicholas Bloom ran an experiment with Ctrip, China’s largest travel agency. The company wanted to reduce office costs and the high annual rate of staff turnover by trying out the working-from-home policy. The experiment lasted for nine months and compared the productivity of the home-working employees to the control group productivity. The results showed that the people working from home improved dramatically – by 13%, while there was no change with the control group. The staff turnover dropped by 50% with the employees working from home, and they claimed to be more satisfied and less exhausted.

So, the research says it all: the working-from-home policy definitely does have a good impact on the staff’s productivity. It gives them more control over their life and that makes them happy. When people are happier, they work better, it is that simple. There are many benefits to working from your own place, and here are some.

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