According to Psych.org, researchers at the University of Melbourne’s Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society, (IBES) have found that telecommuting increases employee productivity and overall feelings of wellbeing.
While the overall research is promising for those looking to make a case for working from home, IBES Chief Investigator, Dr. Rachelle Bosua, notes that there’s more to a successful telecommuting work arrangement than outfitting an employee with a laptop. Particularly, management needs to make sure that any staff members working from home have the tools and support in place in order to succeed in a remote environment.
Further, research demonstrates that managing a remote staff requires a different approach than managing in-office employees and that success in a telework role largely depends on the type of work performed. Specifically, more demanding and mentally challenging tasks are best performed in an at-home environment.