The Huffington Post:
Working from home can be pretty great. You can send emails from the comfort of your couch and avoid commuting. Plus, away from the stress of the office, you might actually get more done while also enjoying better work-life balance.
But remote working can also be … well, not so productive.
So far, scientists have reached somewhat mixed conclusions about the merits of WFH. Some studies have pointed to benefits like increased productivity, better performance on tasks, higher job satisfaction, lower work stress and an enhanced work-life balance. Others have found issues with the practice, including possible conflicts with family demands.
Now, a comprehensive scientific review of the literature finds that how you work from home can predict whether you and your company will reap the benefits.
The report, recently published in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest, finds that working from home is most effective if implemented in a way that meets the needs of both the individual and the organization.
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