Why people want a telecommuting job
79 percent of U.S. workers say they would like to work from home at least part of the time, according to a survey by Worldatwork.org. The good news is, telecommuting jobs are more common than you may think.
- Regular telecommuting grew by 66% between 2005 and 2010 compared to only 3% growth of the overall workforce (not including the self-employed)
- 64 million U.S employees hold a job that is compatible with at least part time telework (50% of the workforce)
- 79% of U.S. workers say they would like to work from home at least part of the time (WorldatWork Telework Trendlines 2009). 80% of federal employees say they want to (2012 Status of Telework in Federal Government: Report to Congress).
From FlexJobs recent survey:
- 76% of those seeking home-based jobs have previous telecommuting experience
- Although telecommuting is often used as centerpiece of work flexibility (and it’s true -- 80% want jobs that allow them to telecommute primarily), 50% are open to jobs that allow for partial telecommuting. 50% are interested in part-time schedules, 48% are interested in alternative or flexible schedules 50%, and 41% are open to freelance contracts
- The number one factor for wanting a flexible job is Work-Life Balance (79%), followed by Family (59%), Commute Stress (45%), Time Savings (41%), Cost Savings (40%), Health (26%), Environmental (24%), Exercise (24%)