Though some see working from home as being lazy, it turns out clocking in from your couch could have favorable impacts for you, and even your boss.
Two new studies suggest that not only should you work remotely more often, but it’s conveniently good for your health and productivity, reports the Huffington Post. Those who bring the office to the home report greater work satisfaction, less “work exhaustion” and better sleep.
Additionally, researchers found that the highest performing workers were the most likely to cultivate and excel in a "WFH" environment.
Researchers from Stanford University recently conducted a study on 255 employees of a large travel agency, all of whom had been employed for at least six months. Half of the employees worked from home for nine months, while the other half of the employees acted as a control group, and continued to work out of the office. Both groups worked the same shifts at the same time.
The performance of the group that stayed in the office remained stable, however, the performance of the group that worked from home increased by 13 percent. They were also more productive per minute. Researchers cited less noise distraction, fewer breaks and fewer sick days as some possible reasons for the boosts in productivity, according to Harvard Business Review.
It can be a lot less stressful and bothersome when you’re working on spreadsheet in your onesie.
After the test period was over the employees were given the choice to either stay home and work or return to the office. Interestingly enough, roughly half of the work-from-home employees decided to return to the office, and three-quarters of the group who remained in the office decided to stay there. Still, the highest-performing employees chose to work from home, likely because they were not worried about getting “distracted.”
"Our advice is that firms — at the very least — ought to be open to employees working from home occasionally, to allow them to focus on individual projects and tasks," the study's authors said.
Another way that working from home may improve employee productivity and satisfaction is by improving sleep quality, according to another study conducted by different researchers. Research conducted on nearly 500 workers found that employees with a more flexible work schedules are less sleep deprived than those with less control over their time.
The study, recently published in the journal Sleep Health, found that employees who were able to decide when and where they work enjoyed an improved quality and quantity of sleep.
So if you have the luxury of staying home to work every now and then, take advantage of it. It may just be the determining factor between you and your personal well being.
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