Before you begin to read, here are 3 key facts about remote work productivity:

  1. According to a Standford study, remote work may be the key to increased productivity: the study showed that remote employees worked more hours because they had shorter breaks and less sick leave. They also stayed with the company longer and reported a higher level of happiness.
  2. According to the Harvard Business Review, remote workers have better focus: from 2008 to 2014, the number of employees who say they can’t concentrate at their desk has increased by 16%, and the number of employees who can’t access quiet places to do focused work is up by 13%. Also, the number of people who are worried about their privacy in the workplace increased by 74% over a ten-year period.
  3. According to Owl Labs’ 2019 State of Remote Work report, remote workers work longer hours but feel better: Remote workers work more than 40h / week, 43% more than on-site workers do. People who work from office stay longer because it’s their management’s requirement, while remote workers often choose longer hours because they like what they do.

But remote work also includes challenges, at personal and professional levels: This chart shows that many remote workers struggle with unplugging from their work, loneliness and communicating.

State of Remote Work 2019

Remote Work Policy Basics

If you need to suddenly transition to remote work, you won't necessarily have effective systems in place. A Remote Work Policy helps you create cohesion and eliminate confusion or frustration for employees.

Ok but, concretely, what is it ? A Remote Work Policy is a document where you gather :

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