Study Shows the Benefits of Working Remotely
Dreaming of a coding job that allows you to work from home? It’s not the impossible dream. About 80 percent of Americans would like to and about 40 percent actually have “workshift-compatible” jobs—jobs that can be accomplished remotely at least part of the time, according to a recent Telework Research Network (TRN) study.
The study, “Workshifting Benefits: The Bottom Line,” prepared for TRN by Citrix Online, shows the benefits of working remotely for both employees and employers.
TRN says that letting one employee work half of his or her time out of the office can save the company about $10,000 per year and the employee up to $6,800 per year. How so?
According to TRN, teleworkers are more productive, less likely to call in sick, and more likely to stay at a company that offers work-at-home benefits. That alone adds up to big savings for businesses, but companies can save even more on utilities and supplies when they allow their employees to work from home at least part time.
Part-time teleworkers also save money in the deal—about $2,000 – $7,000 a year—when taking into account reduced expenses for gas, car repairs, clothing, lunches, etc.
An infographic summarizes TRN’s findings. You might want to show it to your boss the next time you have that little chat about flex time.