Melbourne StudyWorking From Home Results in Productivity Gains

A new study from Melbourne University in Australia analyzed the habits of people who work from home. While some managers have feared the loss of control and oversight that results from a scattered workforce, the researchers found that working from home is more efficient than working from an office. People who work from home put in more hours, face fewer distractions, and complete more work than people in an office setting. They’re also less stressed and more motivated.

Hiring contractors who telecommute can also benefit a company’s bottom line. A work-from-home contractor provides her own office space and electronics, reducing overhead. Since a company only pays a contractor when there is work for her to do, her employers save money on salaries and benefits. As technology improves and companies look for ways to reduce expenditures on staff and benefits, a large portion of the American labor force may shift to contract work from home.