Remote Work Boosts Productivity

Does working remotely really boost your productivity? Are the gains sustainable? Does it apply in every situation?

According to an article posted on Web Worker Daily, “Remote work boosts productivity? Only for creative tasks, says new research“, the gains are greater for creative work.

According to the study,

“Researchers assigned two tasks to 125 participants. The first was rote and repetitive; the other involved coming up with as many unusual uses for ordinary objects as possible, a test often used by psychologists to measure creativity. About half the participants did the tasks in a supervised lab, the other half remotely.

On the uncreative tasks, people were 6 percent to 10 percent less productive outside the lab. The fall-off was steepest among the least productive third of workers. (People who reported procrastinating on their homework were also, unsurprisingly, poor telecommuters—as were men.) On the creative tasks, by contrast, people were 11 percent to 20 percent more productive outside the lab.”

There are at least two problems with this study.

  1. It has a small sample size, only 125 participants
  2. The selection criteria of participants is likely random as opposed to a deliberate sample individuals who really work remotely.

Remote work always boosts productivity by its nature, because of the distractions that are removed (i.e. noise in your office workspace) and because of the overhead of working in an office is removed (i.e  commuting time and stress).

Anyone can work remotely successfully, but not everyone is ready to work remotely successfully.  Unsuccessful people have bad habits that will take precedent regardless of where they work, they will be equally unsuccessful in an office.

Before working remotely, develop the successful habits of remote workers first.

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