Jessica HowingtonFlexJobs Online Job Researcher and Writing Team Lead
The discussion of telecommuting in the workplace can easily divide a room. While there are arguments for both sides, those in favor of telecommuting have a wide-ranging arsenal of facts that can support telecommuting and flexible work arrangements. The truth about telecommuting is that it works, maybe not for every worker, but for a majority of the workforce.
An infographic titled “The Benefits of Employee Telecommuting” covers the many supporting facts when it comes to telecommuting. From job compatibility to massive economical savings, telecommuting is beneficial to both workers and employers. Keep reading for a summary of the infographic’s stats.
Stats: The Truth About Telecommuting
- One in two people have jobs that are compatible with at least part-time telecommuting.
- Most compatible jobs are in service, sales and office, or management and professional roles.
- 79 percent of workers would like to work from home at least part-time.
- If workers with compatible jobs worked from home at least part-time, there would be savings of over 700 billion a year. This includes:
- Businesses: $11,000 per person per year
- Workers: $2,000 to $7,000 per year
- Environment: 37 percent of oil imports and greenhouse gas reductions.
- Remote workers are less fatigued both emotionally and physically.
- Remote workers are happier and more satisfied with their work.
Myth vs. Reality: Truth About Telecommuting
- Myth: Remote workers slack off and ignore work.
- Truth: Remote workers tend to work longer hours and be more productive.
- Myth: Telecommuting equipment is expensive.
- Truth: Based on company needs, telecommuting equipment could save money with a BYOD (bring your own device) policy.
- Myth: Remote workers are hard to connect with.
- Truth: Technology has made it easier to stay in contact, as well as get face time in.
- Myth: Telecommuting is unfair when everyone can’t participate.
- Truth: Telecommuting isn’t for everyone; some don’t want to work from home, and others aren’t suited for it. That doesn’t mean other flexible options can’t be offered in its place in those instances.
Those not in favor of telecommuting may be hoping that the movement slowly begins to fade away. But, as the below infographic shows, there are more people than ever before looking for a way to effectively manage work and life—telecommuting allows for workers to do just that.
The truth about telecommuting is that it is here to stay with many groups in support of flexible work. Retirees want it to stay professionally connected while enjoying semi-retirement. Millennials want it because they value the freedom. Parents want it so they can stay active with work and their kids. Truly, the list is endless for why people want and need telecommuting options and flexible work.
Career/Life Alliance Services, Inc.