The Psychology Of Remote Working
Many people if given the chance would opt to work from home. On average 13.4 million Americans work from home at least one day per week according to a census in 2010. A survey was conducted in 2007 to analyze remote working. It took 46 studies covering nearly 13000 employees.
People who work remotely are more satisfied with their jobs. Their stress levels are down and the long term benefit is that they remain with a company longer. The thing is that working from home you have to have discipline. It is easy to get off task and you have to stay focused on your goal. 82% of telecommuters reported lower stress levels.
Less people are willing to leave their job when working from home. The golden rule is that people want to feel that they have control over their work environment. Working from home allows people to do just that.
Most people’s ideal environment is one that supports their home life, respects family obligations and does not make them choose one or the other.
Sense of Belonging
Working remotely allows people to have an improved sense of well being. The companies have less turnover and higher performance. This is probably because home workers are overall satisfied with their working situation. They develop a sense of importance to get their work done and still maintain their life.
Benefits of Remote Work
It is important to understand that the person on the survey did not judged their performance but their supervisors did and reported that it improved and showed better results.
It is found working from home 2 days a week causes less stress, and more balance between work and home life. Irregular remote workers have better coworking relationship but stress and home life conflict.
Really, when you think about it most people work better with less people around. Some people maintain the personality that makes them perform better when working alone. It proves successful for many because they stay balanced and keep up with their work feeling satisfied at home.
People with families can be available for school emergencies and nearby when the unexpected happens. Most parents go to work scared because there is no backup plan. When the stress is relieved the work performance gets better.
Personally if more companies offered the option to work from home there is a likely chance that more people would. It proves to be effective with many companies and if more research was conducted the results would by far go up.
People that aren’t stressed produce better work, and can often work longer periods than those that do not work from home. But a word of caution is that it is not made for everyone. Some people simply need the structure of an office to feel productive and be productive.