Does working from home work?

17 Oct, 2021 at 15:06 | Posted in Economics | Comments Off on Does working from home work?


The frequency of WFH [working from home] has been rising rapidly … We report the results of the first randomized experiment on working from home, run in a 16,000- employee, NASDAQ-listed Chinese firm … We found a highly significant 13% increase in employee performance from WFH, of which about 9% was from employees working more minutes of their shift period (fewer breaks and sick days) and about 4% from higher performance per minute … Home workers also reported substantially higher work satisfaction and psychological attitude scores, and their job attrition rates fell by over 50%. Furthermore, when the experiment ended and workers were allowed to choose whether to work at home or in the office, selection effects almost doubled the gains in performance.

Nicholas Bloom et al.

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