More than 10% of the U.S. work force now works from home, and that number is increasing. Business owners are always looking for ways to curb expenses, and home workers are proving their value. Some large corporations now encourage employees to work from home at least several days a week. Internet-driven office communications, cloud computing and mobile technology have decreased the importance of physical presence in colleague and client interactions. Savings in time and travel are just part of the picture. Employee happiness and productivity tend to increase when employees have the option to work from home.
Small business owners are finding it cost-effective to hire virtual workers on Zoondy or similar internet job marketplaces. Rather than shoulder the ongoing expense of adding a full-time employee to their staff, business owners are using Zoondy to hire the precise services they need just for the amount of time they are needed, allowing them to control expenses more effectively.
Despite the many benefits of hiring home workers, there’s long been an underlying suspicion that people who work from home may not be putting in a full 8-hour day. A newly-released study by Stanford University researchers, Does Working from Home Work?, indicates that such fears are largely groundless. Certainly, a few bad apples can be found in every barrel, but most home workers give their employers full value and even a little more.
Studying the work habits of call center employees at a multinational Chinese corporation, Stanford researchers compared task efficiency, work performance, employee absences, job attrition and worker satisfaction between employees who worked onsite and those who worked from home. Working from home was found to benefit both employer and employees in multiple ways:
- Home workers increased job performance by 13%. They not only fielded more calls per minute than onsite workers; they also worked more minutes per shift, primarily because they took fewer breaks.
- Home workers took fewer sick days than office workers.
- Home workers experienced greater job satisfaction with job attrition decreasing 50%.
Bottom line: Virtual home workers offer a valuable, cost-effective alternative to full-time employees.