Magazine article Workforce

Far from Unproductive

Magazine article Workforce

Far from Unproductive

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For bosses who are control freaks, the news that employees may actually get more work done away from the office could be disquieting. Contrary to fears that employees slack off when they're out of a supervisor's sight, a new study finds that off-- site workers usually put in more hours, are less stressed, and are at least as productive as or more so than their on-site counterparts.

A newly released American Business Collaboration study found that 83 percent of all American employees work at a distance or with a colleague who does. Of this number, more than half-51 percent-are physically away from the office at least some of the time.

"The results are astonishing," says Amy Richman, lead researcher and senior consultant at WFD Consulting in Watertown, Massachusetts. The report, conducted by WFD and pollster Harris Interactive, is the first to examine the extent and nature of off-- site work from a 360-degree perspective involving employees and their colleagues, managers, and family members. …

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