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Can Remote Work Increase Employee Productivity?

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Our new normal has many businesses and contractors rethinking the future of work. Throughout the current economic uncertainty and global pandemic, remote work is on everyone’s mind. But should you embrace it?

At first, allowing remote work for your teams and contractors might feel unsettling. But chances are your remote employees will thank you for trusting them to find their ideal working environment. Your business or brand might even see some big results by allowing #remotework.

How to Boost Employee Productivity

At Esteemed, we’re on a mission to help people around the world work smarter, not harder.

For nearly a decade, we’ve been tracking how remote work positively impacts our network. Our colleagues and clients see the difference too.

“65% of employees believe they’re more productive when they work outside of the office, and 47% wish their company provided this benefit.”—Marija Kojic, Productivity Writer

On the whole, remote teams get more done. And they do it all without a dreadful commute.

Why Does Remote Work Help Skyrocket Performance?

WFA (Work from Anywhere) is the new WFH (Work from Home). Workplace elasticity lets you be your own boss, keep flexible hours, and focus on the tasks that matter.

Most top-tier developers have avoided the traditional office for years. 44% of remote employees said they were less distracted when they worked from home. No more endless meetings, office distractions, or annoying coworkers. The bedroom is the new boardroom.

Employee Productivity Vs. Hours Worked

One misconception about distributed teams is that they work fewer hours than their on-site counterparts. This is simply not true. Remote workers say they work more than 40 hours per week, 43% more than on-site workers.

The State of Remote Work Survey discovered the biggest reasons employees choose remote work:

  • Better work-life balance (91%)
  • Increased productivity/better focus (79%)
  • Less stress (78%)
  • Avoiding a commute (78%)

A distributed workforce can elevate a company’s efficiency, as well as boost employee morale and customer satisfaction. With flexible schedules, remote teams no longer need to worry about the yoke of the 9-to-5.

Remote Work Productivity

The results are in. If brands want to get to the next level, they need to embrace remote work.

At Esteemed, we rub elbows with diverse, global digital rockstars every day. We see the benefits of WFA and distributed teams first-hand.

Numerous studies have shown how much more productive, engaged, and effective employees can be when they’re empowered to choose where, when, and how they’ll get work done.

Can You Really Measure Employee Productivity?

Productivity metrics and benchmarks will be different for every business. Your productive output and efficiency are important factors to your success, and that balance is delicate.

Optimizing that path forward is an important step on the journey, and that’s why we can’t ignore the evidence.

“… A typical employer can save an average of $11,000 per half-time telecommuter per year. The primary savings are the result of increased productivity, lower real estate costs, reduced absenteeism and turnover, and better disaster preparedness.” —Global Workplace Analytics

But more than math, we’ve seen the difference in output first-hand, and the future is bright!

If you’re in need of an extra pair of trusted hands, a technical expert, or a strategic advisor with one of your projects, let us know.

We’re 13,000+ strong and growing, distributed, and experienced in all things digital.

Category: Distributed Workforce , Hiring Strategy