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Many employers are talking tougher about remote work as research shows that fully remote employees are 10% to 20% less productive than those working on-site. However, employees on a hybrid schedule are just as productive as those in the office full-time. Companies offering flexibility may achieve better financial results. The personal feelings of workers about flexibility, along with gains in communications technology and the shortage of qualified workers, reinforce the desire for some degree of flexibility in the workplace.
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.
For some workers, the ability to work remotely has become highly desirable. John Sturr, a social worker, has been working from home for two to three days a week since the pandemic. He enjoys the arrangement and appreciates the beautiful commute through vineyards. The cost of childcare and commuting are significant factors for workers seeking flexibility.
The commute is beautiful, through vineyards along the Russian River Valley, he says, but it's an