Can Allowing Remote Work Improve Productivity?


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When employers consider allowing remote work or hiring freelance contractors, they often have the fear that productivity may drop as a result. They fear that allowing someone to work from home will result in more distractions. After all, the TV is there, the laundry needs to be done, the dog needs a walk, etc. They may even fear that less direct supervision will bring out the worst in people, and they’ll end up with employees who oversleep, hardly work, take extended lunch breaks, and more. But more and more organizations are finding that is simply not the case. In fact, they’re finding that allowing employees to work remotely (and/or hiring freelancers) can improve productivity—both for the individual and for the organization. Let’s look at a few of the reasons why.

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Remote Work Can Actually Increase Productivity

Here are some of the reasons why allowing remote work can improve productivity:

  • Work often starts earlier. Often, employees who don’t have to commute get started on their work earlier or are able to work more hours because they don’t have to rush to avoid traffic. Not having to battle a morning commute means less of a chance of starting the workday
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