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Increase Your Productivity By Working From Home

By Kyle Kensing

If you're seeking to work from home, new research shows that you can make a compelling case when pitching the concept to superiors: that you'll increase your productivity.

A Stanford University study of 13,000 employees conducted over nine months shows that those working from home are 12% more efficient than their office-bound counterparts. The study also finds a 50% increase in satisfaction among those working at home.

A direct connection between the two results could translate to more work from home opportunities in the coming years. Ctrip, an online travel agency specializing in trips to China, is already banking on productivity and happiness increasing with work at home – it is offering the chance to all of its staffers.

Telecommunication and technological advancements have made work from home more feasible than in decades past. A 1985 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report found eight million Americans worked at least eight hours a week from home, or roughly 7% of the workforce. That figure has nearly quadrupled.

To make turning home into the office realistic, you'll need to be tech savvy. Co-workers cannot simply swing by your desk, so maintaining uninterrupted connectivity is essential. That means Skyping into meetings, responding promptly to email, and making a smart phone a permanent fixture at your side. Being reachable at any time during the work day – and sometimes, after hours – compensates for a lack of physical presence.

Your work at home opportunities are greatest if you work in education, training and library occupations (11.8% of its labor force according to a 2009 BLS study); computer and mathematical sciences (9.8%); personal care (8.8%); or management (7.1%). Launching your own business is the most likely route to at-home employment.

A 64.2% majority of all homebound staffers are self-employed, and 38.9% hold more than one job. Employees with more extensive educational backgrounds are the most likely to work from home – nearly 14% more likely, the BLS says. Over 36% of all homebound employees have at least a Bachelors degree.

If your pitch to work from home is built around productivity, ensuring home is an efficiency-fostering environment is the most obvious and important detail. Those who want to escape the distractions of the office should be ready to prove that they won't replace them with distractions around the house.


Kyle Kensing is the online content writer for CareerCast.com.

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I've started working from

I've started working from home, using my skills I acquired from university and previous employment to create my own computer support site, where I help people with a plethora of problems, such as tips on how to wipe their hd, but I thoroughly enjoy it. I think that's something people really need to consider with the job market not looking like ever improving, in my opinion.

I took two years working from

I took two years working from home and I am very happy because it is a luxury to work from home so you can keep track of children and leaves you more time for your hobbies and things like being in shape and have a perfect body.  

Working from home is a great

Working from home is a great option, a study was done which related laziness in young professionals who work from home, but a rise in more senior staff. I think it's a strange medium but works perfectly. I used to take tutoring classes at my house vs a facility and noticed that I wasn't as focused compared to when I was there. This is just my two cents on the topic, but yes working from home often has both benefits and concequences. It's unique to each person :)

In my work as a Marriage

In my work as a Marriage Counselor I have often thought about adding a home office so one or two days a week I could work from home.

WORKING FROM HOME IS THE

WORKING FROM HOME IS THE BEST Absolutely Right!!What you all guys have said is absolutely right.Working at home, gives a mental piece and we get less tired, hence the productivity increases.Oviously it may happen that at some  point you might feel bored, as there won't be you collicks, but other than that, it is the best, as you won't be bound by any time, hence can work according to your moods. You neednot go out to office everyday. So all over working at home is the best.

I am a Graphic Designer and I

I am a Graphic Designer and I am sucessfully continuing my career by working from as a freelancer. I would respect your time and set strict deadline for every task you do.isdn

I have been working from home

I have been working from home since 2005 (self employed) and I agree that it allows for much greater productivity. There are few distractions and if you're at home on your own then it can be heaven for times when you just have to have peace and quiet to get things done.It takes a certain amount  of self-discipline as there is no one there to give you a budge when you slack a little but I much prefer home working than being office based. In fact I am currently working on a part time basis as the Online Media Manager and their office is 300 miles away from my home.I am willing to bet I can get more done for them while working from home than I could when working in their busy office.

This must be incorporated in

This must be incorporated in to workforce planning in the future as technology matures and workers and employers alike see the benefits in productivity and cost savings.  Great article!

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