Read at Los Angeles Times
New research shows that employees working from home full-time are less productive than those working on company premises, possibly due to communication, coordination, and self-motivation challenges. However, those on a hybrid schedule are just as productive as those in the office full-time. Additionally, companies that offer flexibility to their workers may see better financial results.
It's true that widespread studies based on standard measures of efficiency have found that fully remote employees are 10% to 20% less productive than those working on company premises...But the new research that showed lower productivity by full-time remote workers also found that those on a hybrid schedule - some days at home and some on site - were about as productive as those in the office full-time. And there's some evidence that companies offering greater flexibility to workers may achieve better financial results.
Many workers feel strongly about the need for flexibility, especially due to commuting and child care costs. Advances in communications technology and the shortage of qualified workers further amplify the desire for flexibility.
Potentially even more important than abstract data are the surprisingly deep feelings of a great many workers about holding on to at least some degree of flexibility. And those personal feelings, which involve such cut-to-the-bone issues as commuting and the cost of child care, are being reinforced by gains in communications technology and the persistent shortage of qualified workers.