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Study finds remote work doesn’t reduce productivity

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Remote work can be a good option to offer employers.

As more companies consider offering remote work options while shifting many workers to the office, new research from Texas A&M University has found that remote work does not reduce productivity.

Notably, the study was conducted before the pandemic and looked at productivity in a work-from-home environment without the added stressors of a pandemic.

The study group consisted of 264 workers from a large Houston-based oil and gas company. Employees were forced out of the office for seven months due to damage from Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 hurricane that hit Texas in August 2017.

The study used worker technology data over a nearly two-year period that spanned before, during and after the hurricane. The researchers found that the productivity levels recorded in the office were the same as those recorded at home, with the exception of the period when the hurricane struck.

“The ability to work remotely may improve employees’ resilience to perform workplace tasks during events that result in workplace displacement,” the researchers wrote.

The authors of the study, which was published in February, said they believe the study could help us understand the impact of remote work on productivity during the pandemic.

They also said the study indicates companies should have remote work plans in place in the event of a natural disaster or pandemic.

As remote work becomes more prominent and popular, studies of remote work are also on the rise. The Boston Globe reported that a Harvard Business School study suggested that one or two days of in-person work per week can generate the most productivity.



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