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WIRED Study Finds Today's Workers Are More Productive Outside the Office

Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Workspring–  Survey of WIRED community underscores the heightened importance of mobility for an increasingly untethered workforce  –

(New York – October 9, 2012) The lines between business and leisure are vanishing rapidly according to a recent survey of WIRED’s audience of influencers, conducted in collaboration with Marriott Hotels & Resorts. The study, designed to explore the reality and evolving needs of this new breed of mobile worker, found that today’s workforce is expected to remain connected and readily available everywhere at any time.

Surprisingly, nearly half of the respondents said they’re more productive when working remotely but have unmet needs out of the office. High-speed Internet connections, charging stations, and comfortable furniture were at the top of the list of essential attributes necessary to create the ideal mobile workspace.

The study was conducted as part of an integrated WIRED and Marriott partnership, as the hospitality leader reimagines the guest experience for a WIRED world: expertly blending high-tech services with high-touch experiences to meet today’s evolving customer needs in a meaningful way.

Key highlights from the survey include:

  • Mobility is increasingly important to today’s workforce: Sixty-two percent of survey respondents said it is important to be mobile and accessible in their daily business. When working remotely, the top three environments that respondents work from are home (84%), a hotel (40%) or a local cafe (24%).
  • Workers are more productive, less stressed working remotely: Forty-eight percent of the respondents said they are more productive when they work outside of the office. Half of the respondents (49%) also said they feel less stressed when working remotely. 
  • Workers have unmet needs outside of the office: Nearly half (45%) of the respondents said they have unmet needs when working remotely. Essential attributes to create the ideal mobile workspace include: High-speed Internet connection (82%) and charging stations (46%), with comfortable furniture (36%), privacy (42%) and quiet (38%).  

Visit WIRED Insider for complete survey results.


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