Report: Telecommuters work more hours…and are happier

What do you think of when you see the word “telecommuter”?

How about easing into the workday in your slippers and bathrobe?

Yeah? Well, so does your boss.

And it turns out, you’re both wrong.

A recent study titled “The Hard Truth About Telecommuting” reveals that employees who work from home, at least some of the time, work more hours than employees who come into the office.

There’s an appeal to telecommuting. Making your own schedule. Being able to work around picking your kids up from school and attending their ballet recital. Avoiding to the time and cost of commuting to the office.

But are those perks really obtainable by telecommuters?

Looking at labor bureau statistics from the mid-1990s onward, researchers found that telecommuters work 5 to 7 hours more a week than their 40-hour, in-the-office mates.

Which means, people who work from home are not slipper-clad slackers. They’re tech-savvy self-starters who don’t know when to stop.

A different study looking at costumer service representatives in China found that when employees worked from home, productivity went up — in addition to hours worked — and employees seemed happier for it.

Telecommuting might not be for everyone — or every job — but I’d sure be willing to give it a try.

Business reporter Sean Adkins, disagrees. Too many distractions at home these days, he said.

What do you think? Work from home or stick with the commute?

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