Finally, the time has come. The long overdue death of the traditional (and soul sucking) notion of a 9-5 workplace has arrived. It may seem like an apocalyptic end for some more traditional companies, but cubicle farms and chatty watercoolers are being replaced by a more productive, eco-friendly and cost-efficient method of working: telecommuting.
Whether you want to call it teleworking, telecommuting or remote working, the concept has quickly swept across the globe as an innovative way for the modern workplace to function. According to data from a CBI survey, the percentage of employers offering telework has increased drastically. In 2006, only 13 percent of employers offered this opportunity and in 2011 this number drastically rose to 59 percent.
And in 2015, PGi found that more companies are embracing flexible working than ever before, with 66% of surveyed teleworkers reporting that telecommuting is more positively viewed in their organization. Even amongst non-teleworkers, 62% worldwide said their companies are more positive toward telecommuting, particularly in APJ (Asian Pacific Japan) region.
So, what started the mass movement to put the concept of the traditional workplace to rest? Well, it seems to be a magic combination of advanced cloud technology and some pretty nice benefits for both employees and employers. According to Inc. Magazine, data appears to paint a pretty positive picture of remote working:
More productivity: Home workers are 11-20 percent more likely to be productive when working on creative tasks. In fact, even 90 percent of managers believe that workers are more productive when given the flexibility to choose when and how they work. And 53 percent of teleworkers are putting in more than 40 hours a week when compared to non-telecommuters that only clocked more hours 28 percent of the time.
Saves on money: In this category, both the teleworker and employee see benefits. A typical employer can save upwards of $11,000 per employee per year when that employee work from home only half the time (think less office supplies, technology costs and space to rent, etc.). And a typical telecommuter can save anywhere from $2,000-$7,000 annually on expenses like transportation.
Happier employees: In a different survey it was found that remote workers reported greater satisfaction across a range of areas. Fifty-three percent said they were not considering leaving their job in the next 12 months, 73 percent said they were satisfied with their company as a place to work and 56 percent believed that their managers showed concern for their well-being and morale.
With this much positivity coming from telecommuting for both employees and businesses alike, what does the future hold? While some companies (ahem- Yahoo and Google!) are still fighting the transition to allow even a few hours of remote work a week for their employees, it’s clear that many companies globally are making the effort to offer these opportunities for their employees.
So to the 9-5, traditional, stuffy workplace, we say rest in peace. It’s time to accept the advantages of telecommuting for both parties involved. Want to learn more about telecommuting trends across the globe? Check out our 2015 Global Telework Survey.