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Teleworking can boost productivity

Dec 17th 2010, 15:31

Employees that work from home using their internet connection can see significant productivity gains, new research has shown.

A quarter of teleworkers claim they can give their full attention to their job, in contrast to only six in ten office workers who find themselves easily distracted, according to a poll from Dymo.

More than half (55 per cent) of office workers admitted they surfed the internet aimlessly, with over a third sorting out their bank accounts online.

In comparison, only 35 per cent of home workers say they spend paid working hours looking at non-work-related sites online.

This could mean that it is worth having a broadband upgrade in order to boost the ability to work faster at home.

Commenting on the findings, Shirley Borrett of the Telework Association said that working from home also improved relationships with managers.

She said: "If an employee is trusted work at home, then they tend to have a good relationship with their manager and they value both that trust and the practical ability to fit work around their lives."

Ms Borrett added that cutting out commuting time is a major factor in productivity.

Dymo's poll backs up previous research by the Telework Association which revealed that more than eight in ten (85 per cent) of home workers thought they were more productive at home than in the office.

In addition, nearly a fifth said that they were more productive because there were fewer distractions than in the traditional office.

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