Does The ‘Work Anywhere’ Model Actually Work?

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Work environments have become more fluid than ever as flexible work/life balance options continue to push traditional boundaries, even within larger corporations.

It is now conceivable for an employee or freelancer to check in at corporate headquarters, drop in at a coworking space or business center and do some work from home.

Increasingly, furniture suppliers, such as the innovative turnstone, are designing collections that meet these changing office build-outs and also fit neatly within the smaller confines of home-based offices.

Like many other industry experts, however, turnstone questions how productive home workers actually are compared to their office-bound counterparts.

To that end, turnstone recently published a recent article, which we’ve reprinted below. turnstone has collected some interesting statistics that may give home workers pause for thought. Let us know what you think.

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Why, despite popular belief, work can’t happen anywhere

Tablets, smartphones and laptops are allowing people to take their work anywhere, from the couch to the coffee shop. While it’s true that modern devices keep workers connected while away from the office, alternative work environments don’t always have the resources that employees need to be productive. These obstacles can result in wasted time and money for business owners.

turnstone, a Steelcase company, champions telecommuting when it makes sense, but also believes in the value of working in an office. Work environments outside of the office may sometimes come with distractions and obstacles. In fact, a new survey by turnstone revealed:

72% of workers reported experiencing problems while working remotely, including:

  • Difficulty hearing phone conversations due to background noise (35%)
  • Limited internet access (26%)
  • Inability to print (25%)
  • Trouble connecting to company servers (24%)

When working remotely, 64% of employees say they are most productive at home.  18% are most productive at a coworking space, while just 6% say they are the most productive working from a coffee shop/café.

So how can businesses give workers the best of both worlds – choice and control over how they work – but also enough support to avoid wasted time and money?

turnstone has recently launched an extension to its Campfire product line, which seeks to create a more inviting and leisurely work environment – and ultimately, boost productivity. The line does this by bringing elements of people’s favorite places into the office while providing what employees need to get work done: privacy, comfort, versatility and technological support.

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