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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.


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.

 


Gallup finds huge shift in employee engagement among remote employees. Highest now among those who do so 60-80% of the time, up from 20% of the time just last year. 
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Gallup finds huge shift in employee engagement among remote employees. Highest now among those who do so 60-80% of the time, up from 20% of the time just last year. 

All employees who spend at least some (but not all) of their time working remotely have higher engagement than those who

don’t ever work remotely. And the tipping point for optimal engagement has

increased dramatically — from less than 20% of time to 60% to 80% of time

working remotely.

Source: www.gallup.com

The report also found those who work remotely 2-3 days a week feel substantially more productive than those who are office-bound or are who work remotely less frequently. 


Extra work for telecommuters?
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Extra work for telecommuters?

Back in 2008 the Department of Veterans Affairs pissed off Representative Frank Wolf (R-Va.) when they assigned attorneys who telework an extra 140 hours of work a year compared to their office-bound colleagues. They’ve done it again in 2012, and violated the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 in the process, by limiting the number of  attorney’s who are allowed to work to 140. This effectively puts...

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Telework grows during recession
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Telework grows during recession

The naysayers said telecommuterers would scuttle back to the office during these tough economic times, but US Census data shows that’s didn’t happen. We compared the 2005 data to just-released 2010 work-at-home numbers and the percent of employees that “worked primarily at home” increased in every category (for-profit, non-profit, state, fed, local). No surprise, the self-employed numbers went down. When things get tough the economic...

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