"I'm Out of the Office Today…"


A new study suggests that almost half (45 percent) of the workers at small- and medium-sized businesses spend most (75 percent) of their time out of their offices. In fact, only 15 percent of the businesses surveyed reported that all of their employees work in a single location.

The survey indicates that these trends will continue. In 2010, nearly half of the businesses surveyed are planning to hire new employees who will work remotely at least part of the time.

The survey was conducted online by virtual phone service RingCentral (which we recently reviewed) among their customers, so it is probably not representative of all businesses. However, it is certainly indicative of a trend that should hardly come as a surprise to web workers.

How much time do you spend out of the office?

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Elisa Hebert

Now that I work from home, and a thousand miles away from our primary client base in New England, I spend very little time ‘out of the office.’

When I worked in the office in RI, I was almost never actually in the office… so this definitely rings true for me.

Tony Wright

We ran an experiment where the entire product team at RescueTime worked from home for a month and got some interesting data about how we spent our time (because, well, our software tells us exactly how we spend our time!).

5 people spent 63 more hours on product development tasks over the month. Subjectively speaking, we all FELT like we were working LESS. In short, it felt like we were doing less, but we were doing more.

Details here: http://blog.rescuetime.com/2009/11/18/does-working-from-home-make-you-more-productive-yes-with-data/

Moving forward, I think we’re going have more of a hybrid approach to see if we can get the best of both worlds.

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