Technology has made telecommuting more accessible to more professions and has definitely led to a shift in our general attitude about where people should work and whether they should stick to traditional eight-to-five working hours. In fact, a recent study by Zug, a Switzerland-based serviced office provider, found that 70 percent of professionals globally work remotely at least one day a week, while 53 percent work remotely for at least half of the week.
With positive statistics supporting the benefits of telecommuting, it wasn’t a surprise to see so many CXR members offering work from home opportunities in our recent benchmark on this topic. However, it was a bit of a surprise to see while there is overwhelming support for remote work, not all companies are willing to train their staff or invest in their remote resources. As Gerry Crispin noted after reviewing the results, "While nearly 100% have some form of working from home, it was clear that employers were all over the map around who it was restricted to and how much was really allowed (i.e. Fridays during the summer). I was very surprised that so few employers offered/required training of those making use of the policy."
This latest CXR benchmark is available to all members in our Research Library.
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