Working at home makes for happy employees, BYU study says

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  • bparry
    June 5, 2010 1:34 p.m.

    Where can you apply for jobs at home, that are honest legal good places. Not places that try to get money, etc.?
    Are there certain companies that you can apply to from at home?

  • Sally Smiles-a-Lot
    June 5, 2010 9:42 a.m.

    I work for a small classified newspaper, for a great boss who is very up-do-date in his thinking. Some things, such as customer service, need to be done in the office. But much of the work can be done via remote computers, which he has set up in the homes of 3 of our employees. We communicate during the day through our email messaging service, which is very helpful. These 3 people can create the ads on their computers and then upload them to the server at work, or they can access one of the computers in the office and do the work there. One of these employees moved to a different state when her husband got transferred, but she is still working for us. The work can be done while kids are at school, or late in the evening after kids are asleep, for example, as long as the deadline is met. We love this system, and it saves travel time and money, too.

  • c2482
    June 5, 2010 8:49 a.m.

    Three cheers for this story! I hope many employers read it. I often work on Saturdays when the office is quiet or at home in the evenings because it is so difficult to get work done in the office. I estimate my productivity is 2-3 times higher at home. I know I'm not the only one for whom this is true. I know several people who schedule days to work from home just so they can get work done.

  • JBs
    June 5, 2010 8:27 a.m.

    I've worked at home and my morale (with an "e") is not the only thing that went up. If I did not have meetings to go to all of the time, I could get so much more done. When I have autonomy, like I do in my current job, I feel more desire to make certain I don't waste a minute of time. How many times in the office do people stand around and talk? It builds a sense of camaraderie, but it doesn't help productivity. My experience is only anecdotal evidence, but the research I've read, and it is extensive, backs me up.

  • Jennifer Armitstead
    June 4, 2010 11:50 a.m.

    The "war for talent" will eventually drive companies to make sure they are offering great perks like working from home to more people to entice them to work for their company. More people have computers and offices in their homes now, so working from home is a natural extension of the evolution from "industrial" to "knowledge" based work.

  • 20th Century
    June 4, 2010 11:42 a.m.

    All research done on working at home shows that productivity increases when at home. Johnny Triumph, you are living in the past if you think this wont work. Every technology needed to work from home and be successful is already in place and they continue to improve. Get aboard, working from home is the future.

  • Johnny Triumph
    June 4, 2010 10:46 a.m.

    Have the researches ever worked at home? Moral might increase, but that's only because productivity drops and they're less focused on work. It'd be great if it could work but it just won't, employees need to be in the office.

  • bkcharles
    June 4, 2010 10:42 a.m.

    Re: Student
    In the article, the woman that worked at ARUP said that she worked better at home because there were LESS distractions, not more.

    I currently am a teacher, but I have worked in stores, offices, laboratories, and many other situations. From what I have seen, there really are a lot of distractions in the office, factory or laboratory, because there are a new set of social interaction dynamics when one goes to work that you don't have when at home. A new set of "eyes" looking at you, puts pressure on people, whether real or otherwise, to perform and interact in ways that requires time, energy and emotion. These interactions can be taxing and take a toll or can add challenge that can be invigorating. People are complex and need variety in their work surroundings.

    I believe that if there is a combination of on-site and at-home work then the employee can feel a sense of empowerment - control of their work environment. The article said that more attention needs to be paid to setting goals for each employee so that productivity can be measured against the goals. People work harder if they are empowered.

  • Student
    June 3, 2010 6:07 p.m.

    I would be interested to know if these workers' aggregate productivity per hour is lower relative to what it would be in a setting free from distractions found in the home.