Research in the past two years supports these findings.
Harvard Business School professor Raj Choudury and colleagues published research in October 2020 that found allowing employees to work wherever they like led to a 4.4 per cent increase in output.
In April 2021, Stanford University economist Nick Bloom and colleagues calculated the shift to remote working resulted in a 5 per cent productivity boost.
Though their working paper, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, was not peer reviewed, it was based on surveying 30,000 American workers, which is a decent sample size.
OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH WORK HAS CHANGED
There are good reasons most of us don’t want to go back to the old normal. It just wasn’t that great.
While working from home can bring challenges of other kinds, not least the ability to switch off and stop working when work is done, working in an office can increase stress, lower mood and reduce productivity.
My own research has measured the effects of typical open-plan office noises, finding a 25 per cent increase in negative mood even after a short exposure time.