Working from Home or Hardly Working?

An interesting new Wakefield Research Study commissioned by Citrix took a look at (among other things) what working from home really looks like.

Working Hard, or Hardly Working?
According to the Wakefield study, while working remotely, more than 2 in 5 (43%) say they have watched TV or a movie, 1 in 3 (35%) did household chores and more than 1 in 4 (28%) have cooked dinner. And who says working parents don’t know how to have fun? Parents are more likely than non-parents to watch TV or a movie and play a video game while working away from the office.

But this multi-tasking has been proved — in numerous studies — to be a good thing for employers. Allowing employees to work on their schedules has been shown to increase overall productivity. A recent British Telecom report said that the company got 20% more work out of its 10,000 home workers, and that flexible work environments were helping it retain employees. A similar study by the Computer Technology Industry Association reported similar findings.

> Get tips on balancing your professional goals with your personal life — read “Do You Have Work Life Balance?”

Jeans & T-Shirt: Home Office Fashion Staple
According to the Wakefield study, if you work from home, you may like to brag that you can do it all in your pajamas. And for most people, working from home means dressing down, but only so far. Nearly half (49%) of those who have worked from home say they’re most likely to wear jeans and a t-shirt when on the job — on the couch.Then  25% are most likely to work in their PJs and 7% of people keep it simple — real simple — working from home in their underwear or birthday suit.

(Most experts would recommend dressing at least semi-professionally — or at least wearing clothes — even in a work-from-home environment, because how we’re dressed does affect our attitude.)

What’s a Day Worth? Plenty
A majority of workers who have never worked remotely (64%) identify at least one extremely popular perk or pleasure they’d be willing to give up in order to work from home just one day a week. Here’s what they’d do without to get a day at home: lunch breaks (32%), alcohol (25%) and coffee (20%). Home sweet home office, indeed.

> Are you ready to start working from home? Get tips in “How to Negotiate a Flexible Schedule.”



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  • Jackie Crawford

    Great article and great info/stats! I just read a great book that I think others would like called “The Barefoot Executive” by Carrie Wilkerson. You can get it right off of the author’s website, I highly recommend this read for anyone working from home, starting their at home business, or looking for advice about success working from home!

  • Conor

    Ugly truth indeed.
    However, I’d have to say that those home-based people who really works are those that are motivated to work even though there bosses aren’t around.
    Our company, uses the help of an awesome tool called Time Doctor. This time tracking software motivates you to focus on work and avoid distractions. I’ve worked 10 hours today and I can honestly say that I’ve been productive. So, I guess it’s pretty effective. :)

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