Are you still trying to convince your boss that working from home could e good for you and the company? Have you struggled to convince your boss that you can work from home and accomplish just as much as you would sitting in the office–if not more?
Whether you’re trying to talk your boss into letting you give working from home a try or you’ve been working from home and want to keep that privilege, consider these key statistics to share with your boss.
1. 77 percent of employees who work from home show an increase in productivity
Working from home isn’t for everyone. Some people will struggle from increased distraction when chores, television, and that comfortable couch are just a few feet away. For disciplined employees who are willing to dig in and give it their best, however, working from home can offer increased productivity.
When you’re allowed to work during the part of the day when you’re best able to concentrate, the result is improved focus and higher quality work.
2. 61 percent of workers cite loud colleagues as one of their biggest distractions
Loud colleagues can ruin the flow of the most focused employee. Suddenly, instead of focusing on work, they’re listening to a disturbance outside or hearing someone in the next cubicle over talk about their problems at home. Unfortunately, that doesn’t just cause a momentary distraction; a brief break from work can make it much more difficult to regain that flow state.
3. 82 percent of telecommuters report decreased stress
Commuting can add a great deal of stress to the work day, as can the perceived need to impress people at the office, deal with colleagues, and handle the challenges of balancing work and home life. When employees are allowed to work from home, however, many of them report considerably lower levels of stress–and higher levels of job satisfaction to go along with it.
4. 68 percent of job seekers would be more interested in positions that allow them to work remotely
Providing the option to work from home can be incredible incentive for many potential employees, especially millennials. Opening up remote positions also allows you to expand your hiring pool to include candidates who don’t live in your area–a strategy that can make it much easier to hire for highly specific or technical positions.
5. Companies that allow employees to work from home can save $2,000 per employee on rent
When employers allow their employees to work from home, they’re able to reduce the amount of office space needed for those employees. As a result, they can decrease the size of the office as a whole while still keeping the workforce intact. The result is $2,000 per employee in savings. When a company allows employees to work remotely, even if not every employee works remotely all the time, the business can experience substantial savings.
6. Employees are 52 percent less likely to take time off when working from home
Most employers offer sick days throughout the year to allow employees to handle their own illnesses or to care for ill children or other loved ones. Employees who are able to work from home, on the other hand, may find it easier to complete their daily work tasks in spite of that illness. Too sick to go to work does not necessarily mean too sick to sit behind a computer!
Employees who work from home may also be less likely to take personal days for other reasons, whether they’re waiting for a specific delivery or home repair or just need some personal time.