Death of the office and rise of the telecommuter

Contrary to what's happening in some companies, telecommuting is on the rise. The concept of the 8-to-5 office is dying an overdue death as non-traditional workplaces usurp topless cubicle farms. Telecommuting, teleworking, work-from-home, or whatever you want to call it, is growing along with the number of hours worked per week. But here's the bonus to companies: Employees will work more hours and for less money to be able to work from home. Some companies, such as Yahoo!, Google, and HP, have recently begun to pull workers back into offices, which is the opposite of current trends of giving workers the flexibility to work from anywhere. This shift will have some effect on current telecommute numbers but the statistics in this report are based on years prior to this change.

For example, since 2012, there has been a 20-percent increase in telecommuting in the US. In the UK, the increase is more than 30 percent in a ten-year period. Broadband internet access and smaller footprint technology, such as laptops, tablets, and other types of mobile devices have made this shift possible.

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Other than the convenience factor, employers and employees alike share in the lower costs that telecommuting provides. Employees who telecommute spend less money on transportation, clothes, food*, and child care than their office-bound counterparts do ($2,000 to $7,000 per year — Inc. Magazine). Employers benefit by not having to maintain large offices to house workers and bear all of the costs of furnishings, maintenance, parking, and phone services ($11,000 per year per employee - Inc. Magazine). Ecologically speaking, telecommuting puts less stress on the environment too by having fewer vehicles on the road.

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