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A decade ago, working remotely was cumbersome, perilous and generally shunned by many longtime business leaders who kept a close eye on the botom line. But these days, telecommuting has become the rule and not merely the exception for many U.S. workers, and a new survey shows it’s getting high marks on a number of fronts.
The survey, from Teamviewer.com, found that fully half (50%) of telecommuters feel that they’re more productive working from home, with 23% even saying that they are much more productive.
The survey also revealed 80% of Americans say that saving money on gas and having no daily commute are the biggest benefits of home work. And 45% of American telecommuters said they cut between 21 and 50 travel miles per day.
What workers like
Other telecommuting benefits American workers said they enjoy:
• Better work/life balance – 53.56%
• Less stress/better health – 51.98%
• Ability to complete household chores (e.g., laundry) while working – 50.4%
• Less involvement in office gossip – 37.55%, and
• Ability to be near children during the workday – 25.49%.
Telecommuters expect from their employers:
• Remote control of their computer
• Mobile access to their files both at work and at home – 43.48%
• Participation in office meetings as if in the same room – 40.32%
• Remote printing – 39.92%
• Ability to work on a document through screen-sharing – 37.55%, and
• Face to face video communication with colleagues and clients – 37.15%.
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