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Harvard study reveals surprising impacts when employees are allowed to work not just from home, but anywhere

A study found that “work from anywhere” policies increased productivity.

Source: hbr.org

A team from Harvard used 8 years of data from the US Patent & Trademark Office to examine the difference in outcomes between  work-from-home (WFH) vs. work-from-anywhere (WFA) programs. Here are the highlights of the 50+ page study

- They confirmed earlier research showing productivity was higher for all remote workers

- The productivity increase was greatest among WFA workers (4.4% percentage points higher than WFH), and lowest among WFH who lived >50 miles from the office (with the productivity increase among those who lived <50 miles from the office falling in between)

- They showed that in one department (Art department) teams created informal remote relationships when they were located near colleagues and this increased their productivity 

- Older WFA workers were more likely to move out of the region (Alexandria) than younger WFA workers, but both groups experienced a reduction in the cost-of-living  

- For remote workers whose job required significant interaction with colleagues, having a mandated set of IT tools increased productivity even further (3%) 

- There was no decline in quality among either group of remote workers

PTO's remote worker avoided 84 million miles of travel thus reducing emissions by 44k tons

PTO saved $38M in RE

The study valued the productivity from PTO's remote work program at $1.3 billion. It reduced commuter travel by 84M miles and emissions by 44k tons. And it saved the agency $38M in real estate costs.

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26 Aug 2019
HBR article finds benefits of “working from anywhere” even greater than “working from home”
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HBR article finds benefits of “working from anywhere” even greater than “working from home”

Harvard study examines work from anywhere vs. work from home vs. working from an office and uncovers new findings.

Source: hbr.org

A team from Harvard used 8 years of data from the US Patent & Trademark Office to examine the difference in outcomes between  work-from-home (WFH) vs. work-from-anywhere (WFA) programs. Here's what they found: 

-WFA employees who lived within a reasonable distance from colleagues, may form remote connections which, in one department (the Art department) led to increased productivity

-They confirmed earlier research showing productivity was higher for all remote workers

-The productivity increase was greatest among WFA workers (4.4% percentage points higher than WFH), and lowest among WFH who lived >50 miles from the office (with the productivity increase among those who lived <50 miles from the office falling in between)

-Older WFA workers were more likely to move out of the region (Alexandria) than younger WFA workers, but both groups experienced a reduction in their cost-of-living 

 

-For remote workers whose job required significant interaction with colleagues, having a mandated set of IT tools increased productivity even further (3%) 

-There was no decline in quality among either group of remote workers

 

The study estimated the outcomes of PTO's remote worker program to include $1.3B in increased productivity, $38M in real estate savings, reduced travel totaling 84 million miles, and reducing emissions by 44k tons.

 

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26 Aug 2019
Majority of Urban Workers Tempted to Flee to Suburbs
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Majority of Urban Workers Tempted to Flee to Suburbs

Citrix commissioned a survey of 5,000 U.S. office workers that hold positions which could be carried out remotely. These are most likely to be knowledge workers who effectively think for a living. 

Source: www.citrix.com

The study found that 70% of office workers who currently reside in cities say they would be very or fairly likely to relocate to the suburbs if it wouldn't impede their career. Lower costs and better worklife balance were cited as the most common drivers (83% and 77% respectively). Other key findings included:

   - 85% say they could do their job effectively from any location

   - 81% felt a rural location would offer better worklife balance

The full study can be downloaded here.

 

 

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29 Jul 2019
New research documents positive impact of biophilic design on human performance in both simulated and real environments 
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New research documents positive impact of biophilic design on human performance in both simulated and real environments 

Defending his dissertation, Harvard PhD candidate Yin Jie uses VR, eye-tracking, and biometric sensors to measure the impact of biophilic design on human performance.

Source: anfarch.org

Yie Jie conducted three experiments (one with 28 participants, one with 30, and another with one hundred) in an attempt to quantify the impact of physiological and cognitive responses to different indoor biophilic designs. His results showed:

  • Both real and virtual reality biophilic experiences showed similar responses including reduced blood pressure, skin conductivity, and better short term memory. 
  • Compared to the base case environment with no biophilia, indoor biophilic environments in both open and enclosed office spaces resulted in lower levels of physical stress and higher creativity scores.
  • Participants in virtual biophilic environments recovered from stress more quickly than those in virtual non-biophilic ones.

 

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29 Jul 2019
Health impacts depend on what kind of workaholic you are 
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Health impacts depend on what kind of workaholic you are 

It’s about how you approach work, not how long you spend there.

Source: hbr.org

Work-a-holics possess over work and even if they don't work long hours, they are still more likely to develop cardiovascular disease or diabetes than non-work-a-holics. By contrast, the research cited in this HBR article suggests that while those who work long hours not because they are possessed, but because they love what they do, are generally not at greater risk for serious health problems. The difference appears to be the ability to let it go and refresh. It the chronic rumination that is most toxic.

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26 Jun 2019
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