#232. Telecommuting/TeleworkingPosted on
It has been quite some time since we reported on telecommuting. With the volatility in fuel prices over that past 12-18 months, we were curious of the effect on telecommuting. We found a recent report from WorldatWork, entitled Telework Trendlines 2009.
The trend toward more telecommuting likely is due to a combination of factors, including:
Another finding from the study was that many workers not currently telecommuting think some of their job tasks might be suitable for remote work, but they are usually unwilling to give up pay to telecommute.
Finally, the report provided a snapshot of information about the demographic profile of those who telecommute today. Most telecommuters in 2008 were male, under age 55 (most around 40 years old), college graduates, and living in a household earning $75,000 or more per year.
The proliferation of high-speed connectivity and the explosion of hand-held devices occurred during the early 2000s and have become a mainstream way of working for many employers and employees. The WorldatWork report concludes by stating, “History may record someday that the technology required for productive remote working and the urgent need for remote working (due to high fuel prices) converged in 2008”.Source: Telework Trendlines 2009, WorldatWork.