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New research shows that employees are less productive when they work from home full-time, but those on a hybrid schedule are as productive as those in the office full-time. Companies offering greater flexibility to workers may achieve 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.
Personal feelings and the desire for flexibility are important factors in the remote work discussion. Workers value flexibility due to issues such as commuting and childcare. Advances in communications technology and a shortage of qualified workers further contribute to the desire for remote work.
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.