Are Virtual Employees More Productive?
Who is more productive? The employee who sits in a cubicle at your corporate headquarters from 9 to 5? Or the virtual employee who works from home in a virtual office? Although there is no scientific evidence to answer the question, there are some factors to consider as you ponder the questions.
Anecdotally, virtual employees report they work just as hard – and put in more hours – than their counterparts in traditional office space. Even better, they feel they are more productive. It stands to reason that without the constant interruptions from coworkers, an employ who uses virtual office technologies can focus more on the task at hand.
Cisco’s Teleworker Survey studied almost 2,000 company employees. The results: a majority of respondents experienced a significant increase in work-life flexibility, productivity and overall satisfaction as a result of their ability to work remotely. Check out these quick takeaways as they relate to productivity, collaboration and retention of virtual workers:
- Approximately 69 percent of the employees cited higher productivity when working remote, and 75 percent of those surveyed said the timeliness of their work improved.
- By telecommuting, 83 percent of employees said their ability to communicate and collaborate with co-workers was the same as, if not better than, it was when working on-site.
- 67 percent of survey respondents said their overall work quality improved when telecommuting.
- An improved quality of life through telecommuting was cited by 80 percent of survey respondents.
- Telecommuting can also lead to a higher employee retention rate, as more than 91 percent of respondents say telecommuting is somewhat or very important to their overall satisfaction.
Scientific? Maybe not. But there is strong anecdotal evidence that employees who work in a virtual office are more productive. Sure, not every employee can go virtual. But virtual offices can be a boon for companies looking to do more with less – more productivity and less overhead.