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Asking employees to work from home could boost their productivity

By September 18, 2018 No Comments



The advantages of working from home are clear when it
comes to employees, but employers can benefit
too.

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  • According to a study by the Institute of German Economics,
    working from home isn’t just good for employees; it can benefit
    employers too.
  • A European Working Conditions Survey also suggests the
    presence of an employer among their employees has much less of an
    effect on their productivity than that of their colleagues.
  • About 60% of the employees who participated in the Institute
    of German Economics’ survey were very satisfied with their job
    where employers opted for less control.

The advantages of working from home are clear when it comes to
employees. You can save yourself a commute, there’s no real need
to get dressed for work, and it might even mean being able to
forego the cost of childcare — but what, if any, are the
advantages of sending employees to work from home for employers?

According to a study by the Institute of German Economics,
there may actually be a reasonable number of benefits for
employers as well, with the study strongly suggesting an increase
in employee satisfaction and productivity in the long term.

Face-to-face contact has little influence on the control an
employer has over their employees

Being in person doesn’t seem to massively affect how much control
an employer can exert over his or her employees, according to a
European Working Conditions Survey, and also
seems to have a minimal impact on their productivity.


work job computer employee coworkers colleagues
For
employees, having your employer around you in person doesn’t have
a huge effect on your productivity.


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According to the survey, direct control was a factor in how
quickly employees worked for only 2% of participants, whereas 35%
said they would set their own pace of work based on the speed of
their colleagues.

For about 26%, customer demand was the most important driving
factor.

Working from home actually boosts productivity in the workplace

Arguments in favour of working from home don’t stop there, as
working from home isn’t just good for your mood; it also boosts
your productivity.

About 60% of the employees who took part in the Institute of
German Economics’ survey were very satisfied with their job where
companies opted for lower levels of control — and, of course,
control is much lower when working from home.

Dominik Enste, a researcher involved in the Institute of German
Economics’ survey said: “Some companies are still afraid of
losing control through allowing employees to work from home, or
fear giving them more flexible working hours — but our study
clearly shows that there’s no reason for this.”

Read the original article on Business Insider Deutschland. This post originally appeared on Business Insider Deutschland and has been translated from German. Copyright 2018. Follow Business Insider Deutschland on Twitter.

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