If you're going to put in long hours for your job, do it from home. That's what a new study of 25,000 IBM employees suggests, as telecommuters averaged 19 more hours per week without feeling a conflict with family life.
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A recently released study of just under 25,000 IBM employees across 75 countries measured, among other things, the "tipping point" at which workers felt their work hours interfered with their home life. The results may surprise you:
For office-based workers the tipping point at which staff felt that their working life started to interfere with their home life came after 38 hours of work a week.
However, for those offered a flexible working, including from home, the length of time that employees could worked without feeling the pressure was much longer.
On average they could put in 57 hours a week without feeling such a conflict.
When you factor in the commuting time that office workers must have felt was included in their time away from home, the numbers make sense, especially in dense areas with long commutes. Otherwise, the possibly permeable nature of work-from-home might fool some workers into thinking they're working less than they are—or it might just be that simply being at home reduces one's feeling of separation from it, obviously.
Either way, the study suggests that work from home arrangements also need to have flexible compensation hours worked in for serious overtime, and serves as an addition to your bundle of facts when pitching your boss to work from home.
Have you found that working from home allows you to work longer hours without feeling dragged away from home life? Just the opposite? We'd like to hear your experiences in the comments.