Telecommuting is Here to Stay
Anyone who has worked from home (i.e. me) knows all about the pros and the cons. The pros are pretty evident: working from home! In sweats! Of course there are cons…namely, it can be lonely and isolating. In fact, in some ways I feel like the whole social media trend passed me by because I’ve been so … antisocial. But now I’m playing catch-up, big time. Anyway, earlier this week there was an interesting story in Mashable about the fact that telecommuting is only going to become more prevalent in this country, and beyond.
Here’s an excerpt:
“Working from home is on the rise, and more companies are trusting their employees to be more productive in their own home offices than they might be at the workplace.
Digging deeper, Wrike, a company that makes collaboration software (so it has a stake in this game), conducted a survey with 1,074 respondents, asking them a variety of questions about working from home.
The results showed that telecommuting is far more prevalent than we thought. In fact, 83% of the respondents said they work remotely at least part of the day.
Some of us here at Mashable have considerable experience with working at home — many of us work at home at least 20% of the time, and some of our far-flung global staff telecommute 100% of the time. For instance, I’ve been working from my home office for various online sites for the past 12 years, with no ill effects thus far.
Working from home is not for everyone, but for many of us, it turns out to be more productive — especially when doing highly concentrated activities such as writing, editing and researching — than it is in a room full of beloved colleagues. But it’s not all sweetness and light. See the infographic below for accurate examples of the drawbacks.
Beyond those details, find out even more fun facts about the telecommuting revolution in this cute chart, and then let us know in the comments what you think about working from home. Do you believe telecommuting will become more prevalent in the coming years?”
For my podcast, I interviewed Sara Fell, and entrepreneur and founder of FlexJobs, a job market site that promotes only telecommuting jobs. FlexJobs is her second venture.