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February 24, 2016 By Jim Somers

80% of Workers Are Equally or More Productive Working from Home

February 24, 2016

By Jim Somers

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February 24, 2016

80% of Workers Are Equally or More Productive Working from Home

By Jim Somers
Vice President of Marketing, Collaboration at LogMeIn

Having the ability to work from home has become the new norm across many industries and roles. Sometimes it’s by choice; other times it’s due to bad weather rolling through. Earlier this month, we shared new research on the behavior of the modern worker stuck at home due to Mother Nature.

You may have been surprised to see in the data that over 80% of workers felt they were equally, or even more productive, when working from home. However, once you dig into the reasons why they responded this way, that number doesn’t appear so shocking. Check out the word cloud below of the top responses:

People feel they can be more productive at home because they don’t have to deal with daily office distractions and co-worker interruptions. So whether they’ve got the TV on in the background or spent the whole day in their pajamas, they are still cranking away at their tasks — interruption free. And many said they end up working longer hours, because they didn’t have to commute.

Being in the office Monday-Friday isn’t necessarily a proof point of productivity anymore. Collaboration with colleagues is without a doubt valuable, but the need to meet in the same room or be in the same office space is no longer a limiting factor to that collaboration. Technology has made it possible to collaborate remotely, so when we get that snowy day, it doesn’t mean a halt in work for our 80% of our survey respondents.

The shift towards this trend of productive remote working is just beginning. With constraints on our time, money and quality talent in today’s workforce, far more than just bad weather will soon cause companies to move towards more flexible working hours and spaces.

You or your team might want to try WFH a day or two, bad weather or not, and see the impact it has on your productivity and even team morale.

I’ll leave you with some quotes of our favorite responses to the question, “Why do you feel more productive when working from home?”

  • “Less interruptions; no ringing phones”
  • “I’m more comfortable and at ease at home. I feel as if I’m not wasting time in traffic, at lunch, etc.”
  • “Less Interactions from people ‘popping in’ ”
  • “Less management”
  • “No office drama”



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  • Marlene | 2 years, 7 months ago

    I am without doubt a WFH enthusiast. The benefits from eliminating the daily commute, saving on that expensive work wardrobe and the absence of office drama are all wonderful. However, I believe some people are not WFH material. Let’s face it, not everyone practices good time management. What about those work slackers on the job? Would they be trustworthy when working from home? There are people who actually need supervision and a watchful eye to motivate and keep them on track. Deadlines and productivity evaluations keep them focused. Also, some people do not have a quiet calm home environment. I have talked to people who feel going to work is an escape from the home-front chaos. May be sad but it’s a reality for some. So, as great as WFH is for some folks, it may not be for others. I personally love it but I’m a motivated self started with decent time management skills. I see how WFH is being utilized more in all kinds of work places and it can be a blessing for working women with small kids or older people taking care of sick or feeble family members etc. The flexibility and ease of WFH definitely works for me…pardon the pun.

  • Hollie | 2 years, 11 months ago

    I totally agree with this article. I’ve been working from home for almost 2 years and I definitely work better. I clocked “hours worked” during a “10 hour” shift from the office and it was horrible how many hours you ACTUALLY spend doing work. The office catch-up, coffee breaks, bathroom breaks, walking to the printer…etc. It really boils down to 5-7 hours of actual business.

  • Wendy Hart | 3 years, 1 month ago

    Work/Life Balance becomes a reality. I can choose the hours I work, whether late into the night, early morning or on weekends and still remain responsive to client needs. This allows me to participate in volunteer work, be home to handle a repair guy or take my aging mother to lunch. I don’t personally handle distractions well so for me it is no t.v. and complete focus on the task at hand with very few interruptions.

  • martha shea | 3 years, 1 month ago

    sound very interesting, and i am more than interested if it is to gain understanding or to share ideas for a common cause or mission– this would be for me the ultimate.

  • Shravan Gattu | 3 years, 2 months ago

    Thanks for the post. My view is working from home has some advantage but the team lead should have clear targets and expectations. I personally feel that the tasks should be different and challenging on a time scale to keep the spirit. Otherwise, will end up misusing the office time.

  • Ann | 3 years, 9 months ago

    I work from home 2 days a week in the summer and 3 days a week in winter. Love it. I am more productive without the getting dressed and traffic to get there. I role out of bed and log on and I am deep into my work within 15 minutes. Love my job, finally such a perfect fit.

  • joinmeadmin | 3 years, 11 months ago

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  • Angel Waters | 3 years, 11 months ago

    I love working from home for all the reasons above. I have been doing it for yrs. I have turned down opportunities that would require going back to the office. WFH, is awesome,plus it saves the company op-ex, less gridlock and carbon tonnes, happier employees, greater retention, …list goes on.

  • Abnash Singh | 3 years, 12 months ago

    Fully agree.. I have been working from home for around 5 years and have never felt less engaged or involved like my regular jobs prior to that. More control on what happens in your life is important and useful….!

  • Anna Marie Rokicki | 3 years, 12 months ago

    I often have to work with international partners so I have to be flexible in what time I do my work. It means having conference calls at odd hours at night or early morning which means doing this from home. When this happens, I usually end up working from home during normal business hours as well. I use join.me to help me keep my vendors and clients stay aligned throughout all phases of a project.

  • Lori Klein | 3 years, 12 months ago

    This is SO TRUE for me. And tools like join.me are game changers.