In survey after survey, it has been shown that remote workers are happier when compared to all employees across all working arrangements. In turn, this directly impacts productivity.
One survey questioned 14,000 people regarding their personality and whether or not they are suited for remote work. It was found that only 24 percent of individuals who worked in an office loved their jobs, compared to 38 percent of mobile workers and 45 percent of telecommuting workers.
Similar results have been reported time and time again, leading to new insights, particularly in regards to productivity — but what does this mean for your business?
A Worker’s Happiness Impacts Productivity
There are a number of studies available that show the association between happier employees and a more productive workplace. This includes a study from the University of Warwick, which found that greater happiness led to a 12 percent increase in productivity. In comparison, unhappy workers were 10 percent less productive.
There are a number of theories available. However, one core theory is that the human brain performs better when it is feeling positive. During these periods of happiness, individuals tend to be more creative and are better at problem-solving. These types of findings are making many managers rethink their approach.
Although you could certainly hire someone in-house, hoping that they are happy in their new role, this will end up costing you more. In addition, this approach tends to be less flexible and in turn, less productive.
In contrast, remote workers are already known to be happier workers, and on average, are 10 to 15 percent more productive than their office-working counterparts — but why is this?
Once again, the reasons are vast. Just some of the reasons why remote workers are happier include:
- They benefit from a decrease in work-related stress and an increase in overall morale.
- They develop greater work-life balance, helping employees balance their career and personal priorities.
- They experience an increase in focus and productivity. They also report fewer sick days, likely based on lower stress levels.
- They are able to save money, especially in relation to transportation costs.
Bottom line: Studies shows that by reducing stress and improving work-life balance, remote workers are able to achieve greater productivity. In turn, workers are happier and employers directly benefit.
How Do I Know That My Hired Help Is Being Productive?
Whether you need help with marketing or administrative work, virtual assistants can help you take your business to the next level. By learning the art of delegation, you can enhance your company’s productivity by outsourcing critical, yet time-consuming tasks. From email marketing to lead generation, a virtual professional will help you address your neverending to-do list.
That way, you can achieve growth without burning out.
If this sounds like you, you may be wondering, how do I know that my remote worker is productive, completing the tasks I have assigned?
Aside from the fact that our talent pool undergoes a rigorous application and testing process, to ensure the highest levels of professionalism and expertise, MyOutDesk also offers tracking technology. By utilizing RainFall, a timekeeping application, clients are able to effectively monitor a virtual professional’s level of productivity.
Once on-boarded, you will receive alerts for inactivity and will be able to access timed screenshots to support greater peace-of-mind. MyOutDesk also employs a support team that will help you manage and address any potential issues.
If you feel that your business needs a boost and that you could use more time and leverage, schedule your double your business strategy session with us today!