Organizations adopting remote work policies – like the federal agencies we wrote about previously – are reaping the benefits of that decision. They are seeing a boost not only in hours worked, but also in employee engagement.
A recent Gallup study on workplace engagement found that in general, remote workers are working longer hours than their office-bound counterparts. Employees spending at least some time apart from their co-workers log an average of four extra working hours per week. It turns out that while working these longer hours, they are also slightly more engaged during the work day. Engagement rates vary depending on the amount of time spent working remotely, with employees who work remotely 20 percent of the time reporting the highest levels of engagement. Still, only 39 percent of the 25 million surveyed employees reported spending some amount of time working remotely or in locations apart from their co-workers.
Findings like these make it curious that companies like Yahoo are garnering headlines for eliminating remote work programs. These statistics show that, at the very least, a more balanced, flexible approach to remote work may not be just another employee perk, but also a strategy for maximizing worker productivity.