Productivity Of Working At Home
One of the things what has changed- it has become possible to move workplace from the offices to homes. Surely, it is not possible everywhere and for anyone, but it is has become highly flexible. More and more people in the world are choosing to work from home (if the company allows this style of work and if it provides the necessary equipment for work).
Cosy environment at home
There is no doubt that at least for some time (after work at the office) it is very nice to move for some time back to home, to your cosy environment. Imagine, while your colleagues at work are trying to wake up with a second cup of coffee, you have already answered your e-mails, while they go for lunch, you look at some documents while you cook the potatoes. And although you didn't wear a costume, during your workday you managed to clean the apartment or take a nap, you were still voted as the best employee of the month. You think it is not possible? Why not?
The results from a research about productivity of working from home
University of Stanford (California) has conducted the research about the productivity of working at home and, surprisingly, the results show that people who are working at home are more productive. The researchers decided to find out if the environment has any influence for employees' productivity of work, and where- in the office or at home- it is better to work.
So, they conducted the research of Shanghai (China) travel agency ,,Ctrip" which has 13 000 of employees, remote work. The company ,,Ctrip" became worried because the expenses for office work were growing and decided to start optimisation. After discovering that 255 employees want to work from home, they decided to give them such a chance. By the way, employees had to comply with the requirements: have worked minimum 6 months, have a good Internet access and separate room for work.
Researchers divided the employees to two groups: one group will work 4 out of 5 days at home, while the others will stay and work at the office. The people who stayed at the office were managed by the same managers and performed similar tasks so that to compare the productivity of work.
The experiment lasted for nine months and the results were: the productivity of people who were working at home increased by 12 per cent. The growth rate consists of two indicators: 8.5 per cent of growth formed of more hours spent for work because of shorter breaks and less illnesses, 3.5 per cent consisted of more actions done per minute. The researchers assigned the merits of productivity for the quieter conditions for work at home.
The group which worked at home reduced their tiredness by 50 per cent. Besides, people working from home expressed their satisfaction more than others.
After the research finished, the company offered the opportunity to work from home (work online) for all their qualified employees. The researchers followed the statistics for next months and noticed something interesting. The employees who were already more productive were choosing work from home, and the employees who were less productive were tended to choose stay at the office.
Certainly, the results of the research may not conform with another company's (which is operating in a different business field) experience and expectations. But maybe it is worthy for companies to try this style of work? Especially nowadays when there are so many circumstances facilitating work from home (the Internet, Google Apps, etc.).