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Wired Magazine on Telecommuting

Drawing on our commuting theme from yesterday, the latest issue of Wired has a great article on telecommuting, a favourite topic of mine.

I thought these stats were interesting:

Last year, researchers from Penn State analyzed 46 studies of telecommuting conducted over two decades and covering almost 13,000 employees. Their sweeping inquiry concluded that working from home has “favorable effects on perceived autonomy, work-family conflict, job satisfaction, performance, turnover intent, and stress.”

The article also notes that managers are taking notice, or at least they’re SAYING that they are:

Earlier this year, an IDC report from Asia found that 81 percent of managers believe telecommuting improves productivity, up from 61 percent in 2005.

Interesting stuff. Read the whole thing. Maybe we ARE looking at a turning of the tides on this issue.

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1 Comment so far

  1. Marissa on October 19th, 2008

    While I agree that telecommuting can increase productivity and is a wonderful tool to attract Gen Y (as well as others), I want to point out that it’s only ONE way of working flexibly. It doesn’t make sense in certain job roles where a specific physical location is critical to results. As a member of Gen Y, I believe workers are looking for more than just telecommuting. Something more inclusive, not exclusive. I think that people should be allowed to work however they want as long as their getting the job done. It might be telecommuting Monday, half a day on Tuesday, work from the coffee shop Wednesday, all day in the office Thursday, work from the cabin Friday, and a conference call overseas Sunday night. All options should be available, including telecommuting.

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