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Why Working From Home Is So Good For You-And Your Boss

Why Working From Home Is So Good For You-And Your Boss
From TIME - October 4, 2017

Employees who work from home or other remote locations are happier with their jobs and may even work harder than those in the office to prove that theyre not slacking off, according to a new analysis from Cardiff University. But theres also a downside, say the researchers: Remote workers tend to work long hours and may struggle with separating their work and home lives.

Weighing these pros and cons is important, the researchers wrote in the journal New Technology, Work and Employment, because working remotely is a growing trend. In the United Kingdom, where the authors are based, the percentage of people who work in traditional workplaces has fallen from about 75% in 2001 to 66% in 2012, they wrote. And in the United States, the share of people doing some or all of their work from home grew from 20% in 2003 to 24% in 2015.

Its also a trend thats gotten a lot of attention, with recent headlines proclaiming that The Office Is Dead and that workers are escaping to the country and shunning the commute. To dig deeper, researchers reviewed several previous studies and surveys of workers to come up with several evidence-based conclusions.

For one, they say, employers stand to benefit from allowing their workers to log hours from home. In surveys, remote employees are more likely than in-office workers to say that their job requires them to work very hard, that they work beyond formal working hours to get the job done, and that they put a lot of effort beyond what is required, the paper states. In one example, 39% of remote workers said that they often work over and above the formal hours of their jobs, versus just 24% of office workers.

And in many ways, they say, employees benefit too: Remote workers tend to report higher levels of job satisfaction and are more likely to say that their jobs are pleasurable and stimulating than people doing the same job in an office setting.

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