Remote workers are better collaborators
New research might finally put to rest the perception that remote workers are lazy, anti-social and unproductive. The study by Future Workplace and Polycom, which polled more than 25,000 employees across 12 countries, revealed that remote workers are actually more collaborative, desire connection and are more empathetic than their in-office counterparts.
“There is still a stigma that remote workers are disconnected from the rest of the team, yet this study proves that they are more sociable and proactively reach out to develop strong relationships. The new technology tools that enable communication and collaboration are motivating workers to pick up the phone, seek face time and create lasting bonds.” says Jeanne Meister, partner, Future Workplace.
The survey shows that 70% of respondents say they benefit from control over their work-life balance, while 63% say it improves their productivity.
A major benefit of remote working to employers is having global access to talent, in addition to boosting employee loyalty, retention and engagement.
Source: CIO.com, March 29, 2017