Working from Home Offers Real Benefits, Microsoft Study Finds
Article by George Norman
On 30 May 2011
Working from home has its advantages. You don’t have to waste time in traffic going to and from work for example. You don’t have to spend money on gas for your car or on other means of transportation you may use to get to and from work. And you don’t have to put on a suit and shave either because, hey, who’s going to see you, right?

The results of a study conducted by Redmond-based software giant shows that working from home is beneficial to the employees (information workers that is) and to the employers as well. The study in question is called “Work Without Walls”; more than 4,000 information workers in the manufacturing, financial services, retail/hospitality and professional services industries took part in the study.


Here are the main things the study brought to light.
- 75% of information workers in financial services said that they prefer to work from home mainly because this allows then to better balance their work and personal life.
- 58% of information workers in manufacturing said the company they work for have a policy in place that allows them to work from home and 79% said they prefer to work from home.
- 79% of information workers in professional services said the companies they work for offer technology support for working from home but only 59% said the company they work for have a policy in place that allows them to work from home.
- 79% of information workers in retail/hospitality said they are more productive when working from home.

If you’re interested in finding out more about this topic, you can read the Work Without Walls ebook in your browser by simply clicking here. Alternatively you can download the Work Without Walls survey here (.pptx file). Visit the official Microsoft blog (click here) to see how remote working solutions benefit small businesses.

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