Ten Facts You Should Know About Telecommuting

By Dennis McCafferty
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    Just 2.6% of the U.S. work force (3.2 million workers) are considered telecommuters, but that's up nearly 80% since 2005.

While the number of U.S. telecommuters represents only a small percentage of the overall workforce, the trend is clearly on the upswing. Still, given that half of American employees hold a job that's compatible with a telework schedule, there's plenty of room for improvement. Managers and senior executives (most famously Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer) often present obstacles to telework, citing the need to keep staffers in the office for accountability reasons. There's also the prevailing perception that in-person interaction improves team cohesion and collaboration. With that in mind, if you want to state your case for a work-from-home arrangement—even on a part-time basis—you may want to present the following 10 facts about telecommuting. For starters, they show that organizations can cut costs significantly when they provide this benefit to employees—if just from savings in office space allocations and operational expenses. Meanwhile, research shows that employees who telecommute work more hours than office-based professionals. And they're more productive too. The following 10 facts are compiled from a number of online resources, including those posted by Global Workplace Analytics and PGi.

This article was originally published on 2015-03-23
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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