Remote workers are NOT watching daytime TV in their pajamas

Want to make employees work better together? Let them work separately, from home.

It may sound counter-intuitive, but employees are apt to work more efficiently and collaboratively when operating remotely, a new study released Tuesday by video and voice collaboration technology company Polycom, Inc. and Human Resources executive network and research firm Future Workplace found. Modern employees are expressing a growing need for flexible workplaces, the survey of more than 24,000 workers concluded. Some 62% of people are already taking advantage of flexible working practices and 98% say “anywhere working” has a positive impact on productivity.

Remote work offers benefits that are rarely discussed, including better communication, improved work-life balance, and more flexibility with child care, said Jeanne Meister, a partner at Future Workplace.

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