It seems that everywhere you turn, there is a post, conference topic or tweet about how remote work is the future. But what about the research on remote working? Where is the data we can use to evaluate whether it’s the right move for us or for our company?
Some people think going remote should happen after the team has worked face to face:
I’m a firm believer in a remote work culture only AFTER a business foundation is set at a headquarters. There are so many great technology tools to enable collaboration but nothing replaces a physical environment and face to face interactions.— Kyle York (@kyork20) March 3, 2020
Others posit that there are health benefits:
Once you've tried working remotely in a company of remote peers, it's very hard to go back to having a commute and working in an open-office interruption factory. The benefits to life and health for most people are immense. https://t.co/RHCJ9P6efC— DHH (@dhh) July 16, 2018
So where is the research on remote working?
We found some very interesting articles that should give you a good start:
- The State of Remote Work – published by Buffer (Survey).
- Workplace Isolation Occurring in Remote Workers – published by Walden University (Dissertation)
- Unpacking the Role of a Telecommuter’s Job in Their Performance: Examining Job Complexity, Problem Solving, Interdependence, and Social Support, published by the Journal of Business and Psychology.
- Is Working Remotely Effective? Gallup Research Says Yes – published by Gallup
- Remote Work Brings Benefits, but Attitudes Are Divided – published by Indeed
- The State of Remote Work – published by Owl Labs
Recently, federal agencies reported cuts to remote work programs due to lack of data on effectiveness. Gallup has the data: Remote work improves outcomes and employee branding and attracts and retains top talent. #remoteworking #employeeengagement https://t.co/P9cDlrc3aq— Gallup Workplace (@GallupWorkplace) January 26, 2020
Read those articles and get well informed on the research on remote working!