SALT LAKE CITY — Recent studies show that the number of people working from home is steadily rising. Almost 10 percent of workers in the U.S. are now home based.
Working from home or from another location instead of a physical office can have great benefits and several studies say that it may be even better. One local company has found great success and more efficiency by using remote workers.
Leavitt Partners is located in downtown Salt Lake City, but the company has employees all over the U.S. and even some located in other countries.
"Our objective was to set up a Utah firm, but to aggregrate the intellectual talents of people around the country," McKeown said.
CEO Rich McKeown also says that flexibility is evident in their vacation policy.
"Take what time you need, just make sure two things happen," McKeown said. "That you report to your supervisor, and you get your work done. But where you work from is less important than that you get your work done."
A few national surveys found remote workers are actually more engaged and committed to their jobs than people onsite. The production rate was also 13 percent higher for people that work from home.
McKeown says they recognized that intellectual talent is more important than where you sit. His assistant moved to Chicago but still continues to work for him. They use Skype and Go To Meetings, McKeown says that clients also appreciate not having to spend a lot of time and money on flights.
"You can either sit in airplanes and go meet with people all the time, or you can fire up a Go To Meeting or something akin to that, and have basically the same interaction with a whole lot less expense," McKeown said.