Does Working from Home Work?

Home workers in the experiment also reported higher work satisfaction and a better attitude overall. It Probably Makes You More Productive

Stanford Economics professor, Nicholas Bloom, sought out to answer the question “Does working from home work?” with his latest study. Does working at home make you more productive? And personally, eliminating my hour-long Atlanta rush hour commute would go a long way towards a happier day, that’s for sure. Do you prefer to separate home and work life? It’s not hard to imagine that employees with home offices are more likely to work while they’re sick. Your happy place. Half the volunteers were allowed to telecommute, the rest remained in the office as a control group. Most of the improved practice came from employees having more time to work (taking fewer breaks and sick days), and the rest from just flat out better performance (maybe home kitchens have better coffee?). Being at home is the greatest feeling in the world. But I think there’s still something to be gained from keeping your work life sovereign from the sanctuary of home, even if it’s just behind a closed door. Read the full results of the study here. The results? Vana Chupp of Le Papier Studio

It’s your fortress. There was a 13% increase in employee performance from home-working. While telecommuting is on the rise across the globe—in the United States, the proportion of employees who primarily work from home has more than tripled over the past 30 years—many people have concerns about productivity and life balance with at-home workers, spawning the fitting turn-of-phrase “shirking from home.”

We’re talking about something that is totally subjective, of course. An office arrangement that works for one person might wreak havoc on the lifestyle of another. (Image credits: Kelly Allison Photography )

Updated: 10.12.2014 — 08:25