The NY Times Takes a Look at the Rise of Telecommuting

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The meteoric rise of telecommuting

We are LOVING this article by the New York Times on the meteoric rise of telecommuting as a viable option for those looking for a more flexible work option. They allude to the fact that it’s not just young 20-somethings or stay-at-home-moms  that are taking advantage of the increase in telecommuting opportunities; often those opting to work outside of their company’s office are middle-aged and making quite a comfortable wage, on average. Also, the growing trend is for those remote worker bees to be a part of a large company, not just for a mom and pop shop with just a few employees.

This excerpt from the article states,

“…as this movement grows, being clear about what we mean by telecommuting is important. It’s the only way companies will know “how to build workplaces and design work practices and decide what technology is needed for support,” Ms. Lister said. What we do know is that telecommuting isn’t limited to one sector of the population. Men, women, parents, people without children, young and old all participate. We also know that those who work at home tend to put in longer hours and are often more productive.”

The article goes on to say,

“By one estimate, telecommuting has risen 79 percent between 2005 and 2012 and now makes up 2.6 percent of the American work force, or 3.2 million workers, according to statistics from the American Community Survey. That includes full-time employees who work from home for someone other than themselves at least half the time…but that definition has at times been expanded to include the self-employed; those whose work has to be done outside an office, such as taxi drivers, plumbers, truckers and construction workers; companies where everyone works remotely, so there is no brick-and-mortar office; and those who work at home one day or less a week. If all of those workers are included, the number of Americans who work remotely can reach as high as 30 percent.”

30 percent? 30 PERCENT! That is unreal, and definitely shows the the telecommuting wave that is sweeping the nation is not going to die down anytime soon.

To read the full article (and you definitely should), go here. We would love to have you weigh in here on your thoughts for telecommuting…was the article spot on? Or do you think their definition of telecommuting and their assessment of its overall effectiveness needs tweaking?

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