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Working from home boosts productivity, study suggests

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Working from home may be somewhat of a grey area for employers, but a recent experiment has added fuel to the debate.

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Working from home may be somewhat of a grey area for employers, but a recent experiment has added fuel to the debate. All but 0.5 per cent of staff from Telefonica Europe - a telecommunications and broadband company owned by O2 - were instructed to work at home for one day - in a multi-answer study that garnered an intriguing set of results. According to results cited by telegraph.co.uk, 88 per cent said that, at the very least, they maintained their normal level of productivity, with 36 per cent claiming that they achieved more working at home. Furthermore, 14 per cent said they used breaks in their day to spend time with their families. This may have played a key part in their day's work, but the ability to control temperatures, work in peace and freely schedule a lunch period cannot be underestimated. A recent report from Citrix also saw home-workers using activities to take their mind off the task ahead. According to huffingtonpost.com, 26 per cent admitted to taking small naps, 35 per cent used breaks to undertake chores and 28 per cent said they prepared their evening meal. So, businesses should now be wondering how they can utilise this method of working. One suggestion would be to have a particularly important employee working in a garden office two-days-a-week, while their days in the office could be used to discuss important information and attend meetings. On the other hand, employees themselves might decide to take initiative by starting up their own enterprises. Working in a particularly dingy, hot environment could have a detrimental effect on someone's workload, falsely leading them to believe they don't have high level of drive.

Author:

Richard Towey

2nd July 2012