Did you know that studies show that teleworkers have more job satisfaction and work harder?
A recent study analyzed two sets of employees: traditional employees working in an office setting and teleworkers working from a location of their choice at least three days a week.
The results showed that while physical proximity provides the advantage of daily face-to-face dialogue, a primary conclusion of the study is that limited face-to-face communication offers many advantages like lower stress and fewer distractions.
Telecommuters actually showed some marked advantages:
- higher job satisfaction
- less work-life conflict
- lower work-related stress
- greater ability to focus on their work
- less bother with office politics than office-based colleagues
- though less communication between teleworkers, necessary business information was found to be equally accessible
Teleworkers derived greater job satisfaction from:
- The increased ability to flexibly balance professional and personal endeavors;
- The ability to work with more focus and therefore avoid stresses related to interruptions and delays caused by numerous interactions;
- The buffer from office politics that can be an emotional stress and distraction.
TELEWORKERS WORK HARDER AND LONGER!
Telecommuters were found to work more intensely and often more hours than their office-bound colleagues and they report more job satisfaction and company loyalty. The flexibility offered by the employer is perceived as an employee benefit and is often rewarded by greater performance.