February 26th, 2015
Three years after I joined the remote workforce, I’m finally coming to grips with my daily realities … having two large dogs as co-workers, socializing on email and eagerly awaiting snippets of conversation with any human who crosses my path.
My water cooler friends are fellow parents, who enable me to discuss important topics of the day — like parking, the kids’ homework and whether the crossing-guard is OK, after she goes missing in action for a few days.
I started thinking about this after stumbling on a recent study from ConnectSolutions that insists 77 percent of people who work remotely even a few days a month are more productive off site, with 30 percent claiming they are also more efficient and 24 percent claiming they accomplish just as much in the same time.
Nearly one in four of these remote workers are even willing to work longer hours than they normally do on site to so they can accomplish even more. And 52 percent are less likely to take time off when working remotely, even when they’re sick.
But are they happy — or, more importantly, sane?