Telecommuting Around the Globe

by CoyDavidson on June 3, 2013

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When Yahoo CEO, Marissa Meyer recently banned telework by Yahoo employees it sparked a signifcant debate about the value of telecommuting. The proponents of telework often cite work/life balance as the key benefit of a work from home program. However, many organizations believe face to face collaboration is necessary.

There is considerable discussion these days about the increasingly mobile workforce and its potential impact on how we utilize our workspace and overall office space demand in the future. 45% of U.S. workers have jobs that would be compatible with at least some degree of teleworking according to the report, The State of Telework in the U.S.

I do see the workplace of the future as increasingly blended with more flexible options but many employees particularly in the United States still prefer the traditional over the virtual office. About 20 percent of workers around the world spend at least part of their workweek doing their jobs from home. While telecommuting is relatively common, views and practices are far from standard around the globe.

  • Chase Pursley

    I think the big question is – how effective are office workers? How much real work is accomplished each day at the office between pointless meetings, water cooler gossip and never ending interruptions by coworkers? Interesting info graph.

  • Jim Kobal

    Chase, those are great questions. I am curious about how you hold salaried office workers accountable. At least with salespeople, they are measured by their performance.

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