I work from home and I’m very productive hence it’s true for everyone. Not so simple.
The January-February 2014 issue of the Harvard Business Review reports on a study conducted by a Stanford professor and one of his graduate student with the staff of a call center. Volunteers were randomly assigned to work from home or in the office for nine months. The at-home workers were 13.5% more productive (as measured by the number of calls they took) and quit at a rate of 50% (!) less than others. The productivity increase is attributed to fewer distractions and longer work hours. (I agree wholeheartedly based on my own experience.)
No word on whether the lower performance of the control group stemmed from their frustration about not having been chosen to work from home!
Do you have a hard time convincing yourself or others that home-based workers are productive?