Telecommuting Really is Productive, Says NSF

Last Updated Mar 19, 2008 7:26 PM EDT

NSF Case Study Finds Working in PJs ProductiveMany managers think of telecommuting as a necessary evil for certain freelancers. But a case study conducted by The National Science Foundation and Telework Exchange (free registration required) suggests that having team members spend at least one day a month telecommuting could be a boon to your team's productivity.

The survey of 1,200 employees and managers reports that 87 percent of managers believe that telecommuters become more productive by spending at least an occasional day working from home and 67 percent of managers telecommute occasionally themselves. Managers and telecommuters point to less commute time, fewer interruptions, and an improved life/work balance as the rewards of telecommuting. But most importantly, 66 percent of those managers say that allowing team members to work from home required little to no change in team processes.

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