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February 18, 2015updated 19 Aug 2016 3:59pm

77% of workers say remote working boosts productivity

A new survey by ConnectSolutions suggests that remote working makes for happier and more productive employees.

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77 percent of employees report greater productivity when working remotely, according to a new survey by ConnectSolutions.

The private cloud provider’s latest Remote Collaborative Worker Survey saw 30 percent of respondents claiming that they accomplished more work in less time, with 24 percent claiming to get more done in the same amount of time.

An additional 23 percent were willing to work longer hours than they would when on-site to do more work.

The survey also found that 52 percent were less likely to take time off when remote working, even when unwell.

Aside from tangible economic gains to companies in terms of higher output, the report suggested that remote working might actually increase employees’ well-being, which employers might consider a peripheral benefit.

45 percent of remote workers sleep better, 35 percent exercise more and 42 percent have healthier diets. 53 percent of respondents claim that remote working reduces stress.

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The growth in remote working was found to be partly driven by the rise of mobile devices with desktop-like functionality.

"Our Remote Collaborative Worker Survey suggests there are significant benefits to be gained by both remote workers and their employers with off-site employees motivated to work harder and more efficiently to protect both the personal and professional benefits of working remotely," said Michael Fitzpatrick, CEO of ConnectSolutions.

"Even the personal benefits workers experience can be viewed as employer benefits since workers tend to be happier, less stressed out, and healthier, thereby bringing down the costs of turnover, absenteeism, lower productivity, and other issues."

The ConnectSolutions Remote Worker Survey polled 353 US Internet users 18 years old and over during December 2014.

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