This is not what I would have predicted.
We report the results of the first randomized experiment on home-working in a 13,000 employee NASDAQ listed Chinese firm. C
…We find a 12% increase in performance from home-working, of which 8.5% is from working more minutes of per shift (fewer breaks and sick-days) and 3.5% from higher performance per minute (quieter working environment). We find no negative spillovers onto workers left in the office.
Home workers also reported substantially higher work satisfaction and psychological attitude scores, and their job attrition rates fell by 50%.
I can see this. My personal productivity is enhaced when I can work in my pajamas and eat cereal at any time of day.
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