Minneapolis, Minnesota (PRWEB) December 20, 2012
"Over 10% of US employees are now working from a home office," according to a recent Stanford University report titled "Does Working From Home Work?" and released in November. However, Connected Nation findings show that closer to 22% of Minnesota's workforce, work from a home office - a larger percentage of residents than any other state surveyed by Connected Nation.
Home Destination summarizes the top reasons Minneapolis real estate trends and Minnesota residents choose a home office:
1) save money on gasoline
2) save money on vehicle maintenance
3) save time driving
4) more productive during work hours
5) a better balance between home and work life
6) avoid driving in harsh winter weather
Stanford's University released findings were conducted from a treatment group consisted of a 13,000 employee NASDAQ-listed Chinese firm, Ctrip Employees who worked from home four days a week for nine months and a control group who were in the office all five days in the work week. After employees were allowed to choose whether they preferred to work from a home office or the shared office work space, the performance impact of WFH more than doubled. Stanford's findings highlight the benefits of choice alongside modern flexible work practices, like being given the option of working from a home office, according to the study.
Home Destination's owner Jenna Thuening says, "A home office is on its way to becoming an essential item on a house buyer's wish list as 22 % of Minnesota workforce works from a home office and the trend seems to be growing. Setting up a home office should involve more than functional planning - its best if it is well designed, too. Should you decide to sell your home, having your home office furniture and accessories coordinate with wall and floor coverings will count in the same manner as any other room in the home to a real estate buyer."
Key points of interest in the Stanford study indicating the trend toward increased in home offices include:
Minnesota has the highest number of employees who utilize a home office, according to a report from the Minnesota Telework-Force. Approximately 570,000 Minnesotans, or 22% of the workforce, work from a home office - a larger percentage of residents than any other state surveyed by Connected Nation. Key findings in Minnesota's Telework-Force Report are:
"With nearly 1/2 of Minnesota businesses and professional services allow their employees to work from a home office, home buyers and sellers are increasing finding room to create a home office. It makes sense with today's trends," says Thuening.
In addition to the hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans who currently work from home, many more are interested in working from a home office, according to the Connected Nations report.
Supporting reasons for trending toward working from home are highlighted by United States Office of Personnel Management: "Telework program benefits extend from the individual to larger communities. Telework’s potential to enhance work-life balance for individual employees is well documented. Implemented widely across agencies, telework has the potential to improve quality of life for communities, for example, by reducing traffic congestion and pollution. Increasingly, however, the potential for agency benefits drives telework implementation."
If you are a Twin Cities resident seeking to either buy or sell a Minneapolis area home with a home office as a criteria, call Jenna Thuening at 612-396-7832.