Did you know that the key to happier, more productive employees is as simple as allowing remote work just a few days per week? According to a recent customer base survey conducted by PGi, knowledge workers have the tech tools they need and the mindset to get the work done, but managerial approval is holding them back.

The pulse survey not only found the obvious benefits of working remotely, but it also found a key trend that should have every manager considering remote work policies: increased productivity.

An overwhelming 86 percent of respondents wished for more flexibility with telecommuting. Why? Well, when working from home:

  • 90 percent of respondents said they were more productive.
  • And of those who were lucky enough to have a manager who gave them the greenlight to work from home, 66 percent said they worked longer hours, with 82 percent working more than 8 hours a day.

Additionally, when asked why they wanted to work from home more, the number one response was that workers felt they experienced less distractions and they were more focused on their work. Putting two and two together, it’s easy to see that when working remote, employees were able to focus better, be more productive and put more effort into the work they were completing.

Regardless of this obvious benefit, many managers still avoid teleworking policies because they fear it will have a negative impact on teamwork. According to the survey however, respondents felt quite the opposite. Sixty-nine percent of those surveyed said they don’t feel like working remote had any effect on their relationships with their team members. Another 60 percent also said they didn’t feel like they missed out on any collaborative opportunities.

So what’s not to love about remote work? Employees are reporting that they are working harder and producing work more efficiently, all while still collaborating with their peers. As long as employees are equipped with the right tools, it’s easy to have happier, more productive employees. The answer is as simple as remote work.

Check out the full results of PGi’s survey in the infographic below:

PGi Benefits of Telework

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