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Elance Offers More Reasons to Work Online

Posted on 5.21.2013

Want employees that are happier, more productive and can fill part-time needs? Elance’s Annual Impact Report, conducted with third-party research firm Imperative, provides insight into online work’s effect on these areas and more. 

“This was one of the widest-reaching and most comprehensive impact assessments I’ve seen a company invest in to date,” said Arthur Woods, Partner at Imperative. “Our study engaged Elance’s team members, freelancers and clients, leveraging academic research including the PERMA measure around well-being. The report results underscored the fact that online work can be a force for social good.”

For the unfamiliar, PERMA is an acronym for the five indicators of well-being: Positive, Emotion, Engagement, Relationship, Meaning and Achievement.

Concerning happiness, the report indicates that 69 percent of people working online are happier when freelancing versus working in a traditional onsite job. The average freelancer estimates they have 28 more personal days than they did when working in a corporate environment. This results in 71 percent claiming they are more productive. 

As for the benefits to companies, 85 percent of SMBs believe that hiring freelancers online to fill part-time needs gives them a competitive edge. 

To see if online work is right for you or your business, read the full Elance Annual Impact Report.  

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