The study examines a large Chinese firm and followed 500 workers, half of who worked from home and half in the office. The upshot was that home workers:
- Worked longer (almost a full day longer each week—a work-time gain of 13%!).
- Concentrated better (so were more productive while they were at work).
- Were cheaper (no office space costs)
- Had 50% lower attrition, less sick time, and took fewer breaks.
- Had a smaller carbon footprint (less commuting, more intensive use of home space).
Letting workers chose whether to work from home (self-selection) resulted in an overall increase in productivity of 24%. If you can stand it, you can watch the author do a 14-minute talk about the study below. He’s reasonably funny and pretty smart but zzzzzzz….
The usual caveats apply to this research: single study, foreign country, YMMV. But it certainly has a lot of face validity for me.
-- Bob Barnetson