Employees Can Be Productive When Not At Work

According to a survey of more than 1,100 managers, business leaders and managers are becoming more comfortable with their staff working remotely, although concerns remain about the impact of the remote work force on employee productivity, effective teambuilding and computer security.

The survey of management views on remote working, sponsored by SonicWALL, Inc. and conducted in the U.S., Canada and Australia by online marketing research firm InsightExpress, indicates more than half of the respondents believe that offering their employees the ability to work remotely is a competitive necessity or at minimum a motivating perk for employees. More than a third of the 1,184 managers surveyed have employees who work out of the office more than 20% of the time. The chief reasons managers with no formal remote worker policy in place change their minds are: employee motivation (26%); cost of office space (15%); rising gas prices (14%); and traffic or weather conditions (14%).

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