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New Study Shows Employees Working From Home are Happier & More Productive

work from home2If you’re working from home and enjoying it more than the office, you’re not alone. A recent study conducted by Stanford University indicated when employers allow their workers to work from home, they’re ultimately happier, less likely to quit and more productive.

Call center employees were given the opportunity to work from home, researchers noticed people at home made 13.5 more calls compared to their cubicle counterparts. They also quit 50 percent less than office dwellers and revealed they were “much happier” on the job. Read more

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Five Reasons to Delete Cubicles & Build the Case for Telecommuting

work from homeWhen we read this piece on Forbes, we nodded in agreement.

After all, what could be more comfortable and enticing than working from your home? No commute, no fluorescent lighting, no office distractions.

When it comes to deleting cubicles and working from home, there are a few compelling reasons.

1. A more attractive workplace. In the piece, Chess Media Group conducted a study and realized that 90 percent of workers felt an organization offering flexible work arrangements is more enticing than an organization that doesn’t offer this environment. It seems for companies to be competitive with attracting and keeping talent (ahem, you), they should at least provide the option. Read more

New Survey Reveals Flexible Work Arrangements are the Norm, Not the Exception

Although Yahoo!’s decision to cut flexible work arrangements certainly got a lot of press, according to new researchers their policy is the exception. That is, results from a Catalyst survey revealed the majority of companies around the world offer some type of telecommuting option. Furthermore, high potential employees with access to flex time are more likely to aspire to the top of the corporate ladder.

They asked MBA graduates around the world who work full-time in profit and non-profit firms about their experiences and perceptions pertaining to flexible arrangements. Read more

New Survey Reveals Executives Think Working Remotely Stagnates a Career

A new survey published by the Korn/Ferry Institute revealed the majority of executives think telecommuting stalls a career. Plus, one-fifth of participants think telecommuter salaries should be less than employees who work in a brick and mortar office.

According to the press release, Ana Dutra, chief executive officer of Korn/Ferry Leadership and Talent Consulting, explained, “While some high-profile companies have stepped away from telecommuting, our survey shows that most enterprises still see it as an important way to drive productivity, increase retention and demonstrate inclusion in the workplace. It is all about driving responsibility and accountability, whether a person works in the office or at home.” Read more

New Study Shows Telecommuting Adds Five to Seven Hours of Work Each Week

Sometimes studies showcase results thereby proving what we pretty much already ventured to be true. This is one of them.

According to professors at The University of Texas at Austin, working from home equates to working more hours than in the office!

Per the results, more than 30 percent of participants who work from home actually tack on five to seven hours of work each week! This is compared to folks who work completely at the office. Furthermore, telecommuters are less likely to work a typical 40 hour schedule and more likely to work overtime.

Results published in the Monthly Labor Review revealed that telecommuting manages for work to bleed into personal lives. As per the press release, this reinforces the 2008 Pew Networked Workers survey from 2008 which indicated participants mentioned telecommuting technology boosted their working hours as well as the ability to work while sick or on vacations.

Technical Writing Ranks Among Top Ten Paid Virtual Jobs

According to a piece on Forbes, there’s good news we pretty much already knew: Virtual jobs aren’t only here to stay, they’re an opportunity to create big bucks. That is, if you select the right path.

In addition to careers like telepharmacists and telenurses (and yes, even phone sex operators seem to bring in mighty greenbacks per the piece), technical writers are included in the top ten list with an average annual salary of $63,000.

Michael Haaren, cofounder and CEO of jobs website Rat Race Rebellion and coauthor of Work at Home Now, explained to Forbes,“Younger workers don’t want to limit themselves to commuting and cubes. Several trends support the prediction that working from anywhere will soon be the new norm.”

Plus, the market is heading to a state of independent contracting. He added, “People with the old employee mindset will suffer. The entrepreneurial and self-driven will prosper.”