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Studies Show That Remote Working Increases Productivity
31 Jan 2023

As a company that has embraced remote working since 2012, we’re excited to see that others are steadily jumping aboard and embracing a permanent remote and hybrid way of working.

But as hybrid working experts, something we often get asked is, does remote working reduce productivity? This is probably the biggest worry of companies who are thinking of making the change and letting their employees work from home regularly.

Of course, every employee is different and what makes a productive environment for one person may be completely different for the next, but recent studies have provided compelling evidence that working remotely not only increases productivity but brings a bunch of other benefits.

Freakonomics Radio took a deep dive into the positives and negatives of working from home, largely focusing on a study of travel experts trip.com undertaken by Stanford economist Nick Bloom.

In a pre-pandemic hybrid working study of call centre-based staff, trip.com reported a 16% increase in productivity. In a 2021 study that included a wider range of staff, including those in more creative and collaborative roles, productivity still increased by 8%.

The study also found that quit rates fell by one-third and that staff who had the option of hybrid working were generally happier.

Employees also feel that working from home makes them more productive. In a 2018 study by Flexjobs, 65% of respondents said they would be more productive working from home than in the office.

Hybrid and remote working isn't for everyone, but more and more companies are offering remote working and seeing positive changes in their business. With many employees reporting an improvement in lifestyle and happiness, it may be that companies who aren't willing to offer hybrid or remote working get left behind as candidates seek a better work/life balance.

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