21 Jun 4 Facts about working from home that aren’t too good to be true
With the digital revolution having made a huge impact on our everyday lives and how we do things, telecommuting has never been easier. This has, in turn, led to a significant rise in the number of people opting to work remotely from home over a traditional 9-5 work environment. And rightly so, considering the advantages that are associated with such a work set up. In fact, let’s look at some interesting facts and statistics. You might be surprised to learn a few of these:
The lack of a loud and interruptive environment has led numerous people to claim that working from home is more productive.
In fact, a survey reported a 16% improvement in productivity for people who worked from home. In another study, a whopping 91% of work from home professionals said they “get more work done when working remotely”.
There is a preconceived notion that remote workers are not as engaged as their office going colleagues. But this myth has largely been debunked by a study conducted by the Gallup Group. As per the study, people who work from home 60%-80% of the time are more engaged as compared to their onsite counterparts.
With a plethora of networking and office tools now available online, telecommuting has never been easier for people working from home. Given the right technology and training, telecommuters can be more engaging than their counterparts.
Fewer Sick days
One of the biggest perks of being a small business owner is that you get to set your own hours. According to one study, office goers take an average of 3.1 sick days in comparison to the 1.8 by home workers.
This may be due the fact that people, when mildly sick, tend to take a full day off from work. On the other hand, those who work out of a home office still manage to get some work done as and when they feel better.
Furthermore, work from home professionals are less likely to fall ill owing to the better work-life balance they can maintain. It has also been suggested that working remotely results in lower stress levels, which in turn boosts overall health.
Typically, one would think that millennials are the demographic that prefer work from home opportunities. But as it turns out, there’s little weight behind this notion.
One study reported that 454,000 homeworkers are in their forties and 414,000 are in their fifties. This indicates that parents and seasoned professionals also prefer flexible work hours.
Interestingly, there has been a 35% increase in the number of women that have opted for to work from home. However, the number of men still account for most homeworkers – 912,000 compared to 609,000 women.
The work environment has clearly evolved in recent years, and because of this evolution, the work pattern, preferences, and motivations of professionals have changed radically too. No wonder, several studies have revealed that people would much rather choose flexible working over a pay rise!