Why Are Remote Workers Outperforming Office Workers?

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If you've ever seen pictures of the gimmicky office designs with indoor swings, pool tables and fire poles, then you've probably asked yourself: how could this companies get any work done? Well, companies with hammocks and indoor treehouses are trying to simulate a relaxed environment to encourage more creativity. But it's not working because the real issue is focus. 

Maybe there is fun for a moment when the candy bar drops -- but does all that money spent on gimmicks deliver anything meaningful for the people who work there?

I have to wonder why company founders are trying so hard with these in-office "perks." I get that the goal is to create collaboration and fun. But I think this is doing more harm than good. And research shows that the problem is only getting worse.

In fact, one study found that the number of people who say they cannot concentrate at their desk has increased by 16 percent since 2008. Also startling: The number of workers who say they do not have access to quiet places to do focused work is up by 13 percent.

It should not matter where people are getting the work done -- as long as they are focused and working hard each day. We're not alone in this belief. Plenty of studies and surveys show the power of remote work when it comes to productivity.

Here are three reasons remote workers outperform office workers:

1. Productivity

With no office distractions and greater autonomy, remote workers have the freedom to get more done.

2. Teamwork 

Despite the distance, remote workers make the best teammates. This is because that distance demands more communication. Without being able to lean on physical proximity, remote workers must reach out to one another frequently and with purpose.

3. Presence

Office life is littered with absences -- workers who are calling in sick or sneaking out early to run an errand or get to an event on time. But remote workers do not need to make excuses.  This ultimately makes remote workers more present for their work and team.

These are just a few of the reasons that we say the most effective workers are the ones who do not work in an office. Remote workers are able to cut through the noise and focus on what really matters: meaningful work and being happy doing it.

Source: Inc.com 

-Allyson White, CEO Alde Security Solutions, LLC.