Is your business not seeing the results you expect? Is your business trying to cut costs without sacrificing manpower? Pack up your employees and send them home with the best intentions. There’s a solution to your business, cost, and/or productivity woes and it’s closer than you think. In fact, you don’t even have to leave the house for it. Innovations in technology has made working from home not only an option, but an opportunity.

More companies are trading cubicles for in-home offices and a stronger work ethic. It sounds too good to be true but one look at the numbers and you’ll see that working from home is more than a good dream, it’s a great one.


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Granted, it depends on the business, but where applicable, working from home can make the difference in your office—or home! Every day brings new challenges, data, and hurdles to jump through. Nicholas Bloom and James Liang, cofounders of Chinese travel website Ctrip, gave the staff at Ctrip’s call center the opportunity to volunteer to work from home for nine months and studied overall job performance. “We found that people working from home completed 13.5% more calls than the staff in the office did.” Said Bloom. The results included more than an increase in productivity. Ctrip estimates that it saved $1,900 per employee during those nine months.

The reality is that 9-to-5 doesn’t really exist anymore. Smartphones have made it so we’re always “on”. Working from home gives employees the freedom they often need. It also contributes to a greater feeling of community and sense of security. They may not be in a physical office but studies show that employees that were given work-from-home opportunities felt more valued, respected, and trustworthy. Whether working from their pajamas was a deciding factor has yet to be seen!