While the trend of working from home is catching up globally, a new study says it affects overall productivity, owing to numerous distractions.

Over seven in 10 people who work from home said they were “put off” by their kids or family demanding attention, according to the global study by Regus, a provider of flexible workplace solutions.

The other aspect that was disturbing such people was bad posture, leading to health problems, as the workstation at home most often was a makeshift one.

The study is based on interviews with over 24,000 business people from over 90 countries, of which 594 were from India, a release said.

“These findings suggest that a professional environment close to home is preferable to actual home-working, to avoid strain on families and improve overall productivity,” Madhusudan Thakur, Regional Vice-President, South Asia, Regus, said.

In India, people working from home said the disturbance came mainly from children, family, pets or phone calls.

In addition to these problems, the study found that home-workers very often felt lonely, alienated and cut-off from colleagues.

aditi.n@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on November 12, 2012)
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