After one month spent working remotely, employees at the internal communications consulting agency Carpool reported increased communication and accessibility, higher job satisfaction, less email, and increased productivity, among other positive effects of the Office Anywhere.
During the month of July, Carpool encouraged employees to work from home, cafes, the downtown Bellevue headquarters, or anywhere else that helped them be more productive. Although the experiment was not specifically intended to force employees to work from home, many chose to work remotely for the majority of the month. Despite the largely remote workforce, employees reported increased job satisfaction and, due to tools like Facebook at Work, Carpool found that overall task productivity and the use of social collaboration tools increased, while email usage actually dropped.
Some of the highlights from Office Anywhere included:
With the reduction in email usage alone, the average worker could save more than 100 hours per year that are ordinarily reserved for managing inboxes and place that energy to more productive tasks for the company.
“We started the Office Anywhere experiment because we noticed that Carpool employees often suggested they were more productive outside the office,” said Carpool Cofounder Jarom Reid. “This experiment started with the hypothesis to test whether we could improve overall productivity, but it was fascinating to see that not only did our employees prefer the flexibility of a remote work environment, but they were able to get more work done and do it more quickly.”
Although many aspects of Office Anywhere were positive, Carpool also gathered a plethora of additional data that will be used to help improve remote work environments for others and provide valuable insights for clients. Some of the challenges encountered included:
However, those challenges were generally outweighed by positives, such as:
Carpool was founded in 2010 and has evolved into a consulting firm that specializes in internal communications. Our history, expertise, and the talent of our people give us the experience to navigate and understand personalities, technical environments, and content channels. We expertly discover insights, craft strategies, and implement a vision developed hand-in-hand with our clients.
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