Are Remote Workers Happier And More Productive? New Survey Offers Answers

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        Are remote workers more satisfied with their situations, or more isolated and discontented?
 Do they feel more valued — or less?  Are they more productive — or not?

        With remote working arrangements becoming increasingly common, these are some of the valuable management questions addressed in a new survey, “What Leaders Need To Know About Remote Workers” from TINYpulse, an employee engagement firm.  (Full disclosure: I’m quoted in the survey report as a management expert, but I had no influence on the report’s content and have no contractual or financial connection to TINYpulse.) Regarding logistics, the survey included 509 full-time remote U.S. employees, and compared their responses to benchmarks calculated from “over 200,000 employees across all work arrangements.” What were the survey’s key findings?  Here are four of them.
        Remote workers are happier: In the aggregate, according to the survey, on a 1 to 10 scale (in answer to the question, “How happy are you at work?”) remote workers scored 8.10, compared to all workers’ score of 7.42. Not surprisingly, employees score consistently higher when they work remotely because they “enjoy the freedom and flexibility” than when “they are required to work remotely by their job.”

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