As telecommuting and flexible work arrangements become increasingly popular workplace benefits, now new research shows that such practices are paying off for both employers and employees, according to an Employee Benefit News article by Kathryn Mayer.

For the most part, people who work remotely are not only happier than their in-office counterparts, but they feel more valued at work and report being more productive, according to the research from employee engagement firm TinyPulse. TinyPulse surveyed 509 U.S. employees who work remotely at all times to find out about their experiences in the workplace. The report compares those workers with benchmarks calculated from responses from more than 200,000 employees across all work arrangements.

On a scale of 1 to 10, remote workers report an average work-happiness level of 8.1, compared to 7.42 for other employees. And when it comes to feeling valued by their employers, remote workers have an average score of 7.75, compared to 6.69 for other workers. And an overwhelming 91% of respondents to the TinyPulse survey say they’re more productive when working remotely.

According to the article, the findings from TinyPulse are significant as telecommuting becomes an increasingly popular employee perk. According to Gallup, 37 percent of U.S. workers say they have telecommuted, a massive increase from the 9 percent who said the same back in 1995. Employment site FlexJobs saw a 26 percent jump in remote work postings between 2013 and 2014.

“Other research has found that 37 percent of millennials would take a pay cut in exchange for a more flexible work schedule,” says Dora Wang, managing editor of the TinyPulse Institute. “Millennials last year became the largest group in the U.S. workforce. So it’s safe to say that using flexibility as a benefit — like health insurance or a paid gym membership — could help attract and retain young workers. And as technology improves, it’s assured that remote work will become more popular and convenient. Just over the past few years with the rise of mobile technology, people are working more hours because they have easy access to email and Slack on their phone.”

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