Telework Case Studies and Research

These resources are a valuable source of information about how local and national companies have implemented telework.  In addition, eWorkPlace presents current, relevant research to help employers understand best practices and more.

The following studies were conducted in 2013 and 2014.

Telecommuting can boost productivity and job performance

Dozens of studies analyzed by scholars at Penn State in 2013 showed that telecommuting actually boosts productivity, performance, job satisfaction and overall life satisfaction. It positively affects relationships with supervisors and reduces turnover, stress and work-family conflict. The studies found that the positive impact of telework comes largely from giving people increased control over their work.

Timely study confirms employer and employee benefits oftelework

PGi, a leading producer of collaboration software and services, surveyed 933 customers and knowledge workers. The study found 82% of survey respondents saying telecommuting improves employee stress levels; 80% saying it improves employee morale; 70% reported increased productivity from telecommuting programs; and 69% saying absenteeism has decreased as a result of telecommuting.

2014 study finds most teleworkers are male

A study by Flex+Strategy Group/Work+Life Fit has found that about 75% of predominately remote workers are male, and about 31% of workers now work remotely at least some of the time. Parenthood is not a significant factor in those who telework. The study found that having children was not a determining factor; both workers with children (32%) and without (29%) now work remotely. Age groups were also consistent; 35% of those working remotely were Generation Y (18-29 year olds); 30% were Generation X (30-49); and 30% were Baby Boomers (50 and older).

71% say ability to work remotely would be important in considering a job

The 2014 Staples telecommuting survey of 137 managers and office workers found 71% of teleworkers saying the ability to work remotely would be an important factor when considering a new job; 19% would avoid a potential new job if telecommuting wasn’t offered. More than two-thirds (67%) would reduce office perks to be able to telecommute and 74% percent say telecommuting helps them achieve a better work/life balance. The number citing reduced stress as a major telecommuting benefit was 69%, up from 48% in 2013; 88% believe telecommuting is a win-win for both them and their company and 65% of employers who allow their workers to telecommute report happier employees.

Expanding telework could save U.S. government 11 billion yearly

New research by Global Workplace Analytics found more telework in the federal government could save taxpayers as much as $11 billion a year. Making the option more available would mean more engaged and effective employees, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of 16 million planted trees.

 

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