It would seem that the answer is “yes,” according to a recent article from Forbes.
The article reports that an annual survey from FlexJobs shows that an astounding 66% of respondents feel that they are more productive when working from home versus in the office, chiefly due to fewer distractions (76%) and avoiding the stresses of a daily commute (70%). A further 46% of respondents said that they enjoyed working remotely because they tended to have fewer meetings.
A number of companies, including Amazon, Salesforce, Philips, Nielson, Dell and Sigma, are growing their remote workforces – in contrast to recent headline-grabbing moves by tech giants IBM and Microsoft to move in the opposite direction and bring those jobs in-house. Despite those high-profile decisions, virtual work continues to be an essential component of success for many companies, which means learning the skills and strategies to do it well are increasingly important.
Virtual Team Builders offers two-hour courses for virtual teams looking to brush up on the basics: Setting the Ground Work is a great start for virtual teams, and How to Optimize Virtual Team Meetings is an excellent follow-up to ensure your meetings are productive and succinct.
The full Forbes article is available here.