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遠端工作者每年比通勤族多出105小時自由時間且更快樂

鐘承諭 | 2019年11月02日

根據英國數位工作平台Citrix對全美遠端工作者進行的研究指出,遠端工作者每天減少的通勤時間、加上避開辦公室干擾而提高的生產力,能夠讓工作者每年多出105小時的閒暇時間。這項調查並指出,遠端工作制度不只對工作者有益,對企業甚至全國總體經濟而言也能帶來許多好處。

 

「時間是最重要的因素」,Citrix商業策略副總裁Tim Minahan表示,「若以一天來看,每個員工平均會花65%時間在埋頭工作與會議上,20%用於搜尋資訊,只有15%的時間-也就是1.2小時,會用在他們真正被雇用來完成的、有價值的工作。」

“On any given day, the average employee spends nearly 65% of their time on busy work and in meetings, 20% searching for information and just 15% — or 1.2 hours a day — on the meaningful and rewarding work they were hired to do,” he says.

 

如果能在家工作,就能讓員工更加專注並提高生產力,並在更短的時間內完成相同工作量。

The ability to work from home, then, could help workers be more focused and boost productivity, essentially doing the same amount (or more) work in less time.

 

遠端工作制度讓員工有更多時間進行個人事務,像是採購日用品、帳單繳費、完成家務以及花時間陪伴家人。Minahan指出,閒暇時間增加會有雙重好處,一是減少壓力,提高快樂程度,另一個好處則是促進消費。

「從經濟學角度來看,閒暇時間的增加,代表會有更多時間被用來購買商品與服務:像是上健身房、看電影、打一場高爾夫」。

“From an economic perspective, additional leisure hours means more time spent consuming goods and services: going to the gym, taking in a movie, playing a round of golf,” he says.

 

但這並不代表辦公室環境就完全沒有意義,有時「辦公室干擾」(office distractions)對工作其實是有幫助的: 員工之間的互動能促進團隊合作、實體會議能夠激發更多點子。面對面的辦公室文化也提供很重要的社交網絡:有10%的美國人是在工作中或藉由同事認識另一半,而有1/3的人們則因為工作認識到摯友。

This isn’t to say office environments don’t serve a purpose. Some so-called office distractions can be beneficial to work: coworker interaction can improve teamwork, meetings can inspire ideas, and walking around provides not only physical activity but also creative boosts. In-person office culture also provides a crucial social network: 10% of Americans meet their spouse at work or through colleagues, while one-third have met at least one close friend through work.

meeting
office meeting

 

此外,Citrix的報告也指出,不受限地點的工作制度能夠讓美國經濟提升2.6兆美元的產值。有很大一部分的潛在勞動力,可以藉由遠端工作制度的選項而投入就業市場。

這些族群包含已退休人士、全職家庭主婦或看護、因殘疾而無法離家的身障人士等等。

This group alone — which includes retirees, full-time homemakers or caretakers, people who are disabled and cannot leave the house to work, and more.

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