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Study Shows First-Time Remote Workers are More Productive at Home

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For a majority of first-time remote workers, having added flexibility, being able to work from anywhere, and avoiding commuting proved to be a more ideal style of work. A recent study of first-time remote workers revealed that 70.6% claimed that their new setup allowed them to be more productive than they were at their offices.

This study, which was carried out by analysts at Coworking Insights in partnership with Coworker, found that first-time remote workers reaped a number of benefits from their new working arrangement, extending beyond increased productivity. For both first-time and long-time remote workers, a majority agreed that their remote setup had a positive impact on their finances (77.5%), mental health (77.2%), physical wellness (77.2%), family or social life (76.4%) and their career success (60.7%). 

These statistics are noteworthy, revealing that the experience of remote working has led to many advantages for first-time remote workers, including boosted productivity.

This provides useful evidence in the big debate that business owners often have of whether or not employees lose productivity when remote working. Numerous studies have been carried out to weigh in on this issue, including a revolutionary two-year study by Stanford University in 2017.

The Stanford researchers — who analyzed the work habits of 16,000 remote employees at China’s largest travel agency, Ctrip — found that remote work led to an astounding productivity boost equivalent to a full day’s work. The company’s work-from-home employees worked a true full-shift (or more) remotely, finding it less distracting and easier to concentrate at home.

.For these reasons, it’s worth considering the factors that might contribute to this increased productivity. According to respondents in Coworking Insights’ study, several factors were most influential in their success while working from home, including organization and time management (67.03%), effective communication (65.93%), freedom and self-reliance (57.14%), software and technology tools (57.14%), and sticking to a routine (45.6%).

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This may very well signal a permanent shift to a remote workforce for many employers, or, at the very least, it will compel employers to view flexibility in a positive light, impacting their bottom line and the overall output of their teams. In the coming months, these statistics foreshadow a shifting workforce, where more businesses will look to update their flexibility policies and fulfill their employees’ aspirations to work remotely full time. 

To uncover more insights about remote working and the future of work, download the full 2020 Future of Work report here.


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