One of the main motivations for my transition from commuting employee to work from home was the 4 hour daily commute - although I was productive in working on my side hustle during that time - I had zero work life balance and dreaded Mondays.
I now LOVE Mondays, at Tribal Impact we have our team call or 1:1 meetings over Zoom.us - we have recently started sharing our intentions for the week, sharing what support we need and what we are grateful for.
I am not alone in feeling the benefit, one 2-year long study on 500 employees who swapped office working to working from home experienced huge benefits for the business and also the employee. Here is what they found:
- Productivity increased to the equivalent to a full day's work
- Employees worked a true full shift (or more) as people decreased the amount of times they left work early
- The company saved just under $2000 per employee by reducing the amount of office space.
- Employee attrition decreased by 50 percent, employee took shorter breaks, had fewer sick days and of course, reduced carbon emissions by missing the morning and afternoon commute
500 employees were divided into two groups--a control group (who continued working at HQ) and volunteer work-from-homers (who had to have a private room at home, at least six-month tenure with Ctrip, and decent broadband access) The two-year study showed an astounding productivity boost among the telecommuters equivalent to a full day's work. Turns out work-from-home employees work a true full-shift (or more) versus being late to the office or leaving early multiple times a week and found it less distracting and easier to concentrate at home. Additionally (and incredibly), employee attrition decreased by 50 percent among the telecommuters, they took shorter breaks, had fewer sick days, and took less time off. Oh, and by the way, the company saved almost $2,000 per employee on rent by reducing the amount of HQ office space.