Survey: Remote workers report increased productivity

Advantages to working remotely include increased productivity, skipping the commute and more time with the kids. Drawbacks? Loneliness and lack of motivation for some.

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Fifty percent of the U.S. workforce will soon be working remotely, Forbes reported recently.

Since employers strive to achieve specific goals and (most of them) turn profits, there must be some advantage to having all those scattered employees in pajamas tapping away on their laptops. Otherwise the captains of industry would put the kibosh on the practice.

A new survey by TSheets by Quickbooks of 500 remote workers in the United States suggests why the practice is growing, even as it presents some disadvantages.

“We found that while there are a lot of benefits to working remotely, but there are also some significant downsides employers and employees should be aware of,” says Patrick Adcock, marketing analyst at TSheets, a time-tracking and employee scheduling software.

“While many companies are implementing remote work policies, it’s important that they understand the benefits and challenges, so they can set their employees and their business up for success.”

No more commute

The survey reports these key findings:

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