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The effects of telecommuting on productivity: An experimental examination. The role of dull and creative tasks

E. Dutcher

Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2012, vol. 84, issue 1, 355-363

Abstract: In an effort to cut costs and improve worker morale, corporations are increasingly turning to telecommuting. Conflicting reports exist though on the effects that working outside the office has on productivity which directly affects a company's bottom line. This study explores these controversies using an experimental approach. Creative and dull individual tasks were used to mimic two extreme work climates. Results of this study indicate that the telecommuting environmental effects may have positive implications on productivity of creative tasks but negative implications on productivity of dull tasks.

Keywords: Telecommuting; Experimental economics; Labor productivity; Real task experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 J22 M54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2012.04.009

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