Teleworkers Can Get More ... Satisfaction
A home office from Flickr user Johan Larsson
Sorry for the play on The Rolling Stones. I'm just tired of hearing all the hoopla about The Beatles on iTunes. Which brings me to the point: A new study says teleworkers (like TreeHugger writers) are more "satisfied" with their jobs than traditional keep-a-desk-warm or be-watched-by-your-supervisor workers. No offense to desks or supervisors, but after about seven months as a teleworker, I'd have to agree with this research. Sometimes my hygiene may not be as satisfying. Just kidding. I still shower daily, just not right away like I used to before schlubbing my way to the newspaper for 14 years. I surely save water from less-than-daily shaving. Anyway, my wife has been a teleworker for years, so she inspired me (and made me jealous). I am not The Porkrind Guy from The Oatmeal. Back to the study ...
The two say that employees who telecommute for at least three days a week indicate they're more satisfied with their jobs compared to those working mostly in the office. The reason: Working remotely alleviates more stress than it creates.
Ahh. That's one reason. Participants in the study also said they benefit from "decreased work-life conflict" and a flexible work schedule.
The link to higher job satisfaction is explained by Fonner as "employees working remotely are, on average, shielded from much of the distracting and stressful aspects of the workplace, such as office politics, interruptions, constant meetings and information overload."
Companies can learn from this study, and others.