As telecommuting and flexible work arrangements become increasingly popular workplace benefits, now new research shows that such practices are paying off for both employers and employees.

For the most part, people who work remotely are not only happier than their in-office counterparts, but they feel more valued at work and report being more productive, according to new research from employee engagement firm TINYpulse. The firm surveyed 509 U.S. employees who work remotely at all times to find out about their experiences in the workplace. The report compares those workers with benchmarks calculated from responses from more than 200,000 employees across all work arrangements.

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