Not all employees have the advantage of working remotely, but that’s not for a lack of willingness to try it. According to an info-graphic from Fedtechmagazine.com, 79% of people would love to try working from home. The problem? Only 40% of them actually have jobs that can be done remotely. However 40 percent is still a lot more than I have ever seen working from home. The truth is only 2% of US workers telecommute; a shockingly low number. When you look at all the savings, for companies and employees both, you start to wonder why that number is so low.
Gas prices have been an issue for all of us, and most workers commute at least 10-20 minutes (not counting traffic jams) to work each day. The average US worker could save roughly $7,000 a year by telecommuting each day. Imagine what you could do with that extra money if you weren’t spending it on gas and maintenance. This benefit extends to businesses as well. Offices can save up to $10,000 a year on utilities, office space, furniture, and equipment they would normally have to spend on employees if they had them telecommute instead of come into the office. So why don’t more employers take advantage of it?
This is my opinion, but I think there is a stigma that remote workers are either telemarketers or scam artists. I wrote a blog on this topic a while back, and how breaking this stigma may be just a matter of time. With the economy rebuilding slowly, I’m surprised more offices haven’t jumped on this chance to save money and draw in new talent. Higher quality personnel may be willing to work for slightly less if your company offers them the ability to work from home remotely and their current employer doesn’t. Sure they save money and put less miles on their car, but you also give them a less stressful environment, increased quality of life, and more time with the family. Who can put a price on that?
Check out the info-graphic below to see all the interesting benefits of telecommuting.