Telework Works

By CIO Update Staff

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Teleworkers, defined as people who work from home at least one day a week, are finding their niche as technology and corporate attitudes continue to enable this growing trend.

According to a recent survey from Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, telecommuters say they feel and work better when working from home. In fact, 86 percent of telecommuters say they are more productive in their home office.

As companies become more comfortable with virtural teams and advancements in technology like cloud, broadband availability, VPNs, smartphones, etc. make it easier and easier to be everywhere and no where at once, they are allowing a younger generation of employees to move out of the office and into more flexible work/life arraignments, said Ed Ludwigson, vice president and general manager for Staples Technology Solutions.

It's also a good way for companies to expand capabilities and human capital without expanding (and paying for) more office space. This expands their ability to access talent; people who increasingly see no benefit in relocating to do a job and retaining existing staff who need more flexibility in their lives.

According to the report telecommuters say they are:

According to Forrester, telecommuting is on the rise; expected to reach 63 million employees in the U.S. by 2016, according to a March 2009 report, U.S. Telecommuting Forecast, 2009 to 2016 .

Technology Needs

In addition to Internet connectivity and access to company networks, key considerations for telecommuters include: