Yes, productivity goes up when working remotely

April 5th, 2018

I’m not going to write a long post about the debate on whether people working from home are more productive. I’ll let this article about a 2-year Stanford controlled study do it: https://www.inc.com/scott-mautz/a-2-year-stanford-study-shows-astonishing-productivity-boost-of-working-from-home.html

In short:

  • 500 employees were divided into two groups
  • One group working at the office, the other at home
  • Telecommuters worked the equivalent of an extra full day of work, attrition decreased by 50 percent, they took shorter breaks, had fewer sick days, and took less time off.

Having worked in both settings and having worked 100% remotely for 4+ years I can see how the results are pretty much in line with what I’ve observed. I can also attest that working 100% remotely is not ideal and that it can lead to a feeling of isolation.


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