Are Remote Workers More Productive?

“My home is my castle.”

The phrase doesn’t refer to the opulence and grandeur often found in centuries-old castles. Instead, it infers that people tend to feel the most protected, safe, and relaxed when in their homes.

Some companies erroneously conflate contentment with laziness when deciding whether or not to allow their employees to work from home. However, more and more evidence shows not only that this premise is flawed, but that remote workers actually accomplish more at home than they would in an office setting.

Remote workers

Plus, their office mates are much more adorable.

Work at Home, Get More Done

For instance, Ctrip conducted a nine-month study on the productivity of its call center employees who chose to telecommute. The researchers were shocked to learn that the remote workers answered 13.5% more calls than their in-office counterparts – which equates to about three extra workdays of productivity per month.

These results are replicated in worker-reported surveys as well. A study by computing giants Dell and Intel revealed that more than half of telecommuting employees felt that they got more accomplished than when they were away “at work,” while just 14% believed that the opposite was true. And a ConnectSolutions survey revealed that a whopping 77% of respondents were more productive at home, with 52% adding that they’re less inclined to take time off from work.

Remote workers

Looks like he’s getting a lot done!

Employees Like It Too

Why are employers reaping the profits of increased productivity by remote workers? Because these employees are experiencing benefits of their own.

The ConnectSolutions study revealed that 45% of remote workers reported getting more sleep (in large part due to a lack of a lengthy office commute). In the Dell/Intel survey, 46% said they were less stressed on the job than they were in an office.

But in business, almost everything seems to revolve around money – which is why telecommuting represents a win-win situation for employers and employees. Ctrip noted that over the course of the nine-month study, the company saved $1,900 per employee on expenses such as office space rental, supplies, utilities, and other costs. On the flip side, ConnectSolutions discovered that remote workers recorded their own cost savings of as much as $5,240 annually on things like fuel, meals, and car maintenance.

Remote workers

Look at that! Both she and her employer are saving money right now.

Dispelling Remote Worker Myths

Finally, many of the problems that are believed to accompany a work-at-home situation simply aren’t materializing. Over 80% of remote workers in the Dell/Intel survey didn’t believe their career growth was being hindered by not showing up to an office every day. According to ConnectSolutions, over half of remote workers surveyed felt at last as connected to their coworkers (if not more so) than if they were in the same physical location. And Ctrip observed that attrition rates among remote workers were half of those recorded among the non-telecommuting populace over the course of the study.

These benefits aren’t limited to remote workers based in the U.S.; in fact, a growing number of companies are employing people who live thousands of miles away. Not only do these faraway remote workers exhibit the same bump in productivity, but their compensation requirements are remarkably smaller than their American counterparts. If your company is thinking about hiring remote workers, be sure to explore the advantages of partnering with DistantJob, a remote recruiting agency who has been at the forefront of the industry for many years. Visit today to see how you can start saving money – and improving productivity – with remote workers.


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Maria Rainelli

Maria Rainelli

Maria Rainelli is a freelance writer who works with DistantJob to research and synthesise the best remote work related content into practical, accurate and actionable guides and articles on how to improve remote leadership and better manage your teams.

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