Remote Working vs Working in an Office: Which is More Productive?

More and more people are choosing to work from home. According to a study conducted by GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics, roughly 3.7 million U.S. employees work from home at least half of the time.

Also known as telecommuting, there are several perks to working from home. You don’t have to sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic; you have complete control over the climate; there’s no pesky employee trying to steal your lunch; and you can work in your pajamas, which is a huge benefit of its own. Based on this alone, you may assume that remote working yields greater productivity, simply because employees aren’t distracted by the normal workplace distractions. However, there’s new evidence suggesting that working in an office is more productive than working from home.

According to a survey conducted by the workplace consultants Peldon Rose, two-thirds of U.K. workers said they are more productive in an office, while only 26% said they are more productive at home. The survey also found that less than 1% of respondents were most productive when working on a train, and 3% said they were most productive at coffee shops.

The survey findings reveal that the remote working trend has come full circle. Office workers are clearly seeing the personal and professional benefits of working alongside colleagues and the drawbacks of isolated working, and they are virtually and physically returning to the office,” said Jitesh Patel of Peldon Rose.

Working in an office certainly has its perks, some of which could factor into its high productivity. For instance, there’s a natural social atmosphere associated with offices — and social settings tend to serve as motivation to work longer and harder. Whether your office is packed with 50+ other workers or just half a dozen, the socially engaged atmosphere promotes greater productivity while boosting morale in the process.

And although working from home eliminates then normal distractions from working in an office, it doesn’t come without its own set of distractions. If you have pets — which more than half of all U.S. households have — you may find yourself stopping periodically throughout the day to let them outside and feed/water them. Furthermore, employees who work from home often get caught up in doing their daily household chores, which can also hurt their productivity levels. The bottom line is that you’ll probably produce more work by going to the office as opposed to working from home.

Are you more productive when working in the office or at home?