Is Telecommuting for You? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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This home office was created using leftover materials from an addition. (CC) Jeremy Levine Design/Flickr

It’s no secret that working remotely has unlocked unparalleled levels of productivity for me. This CreditDonkey infographic asks a simple question: Is telecommuting for you?

While just 3 million U.S. workers are based at home on a full-time basis, 20 to 30 million professionals work from home at least once weekly. Over 66 percent of their employers cite increased productivity in teleworkers; Sun Microsystems goes so far as to say that 60 percent of its workforce’s saved commuting time was spent on work.

Check out the infographic below for more stats (click for a larger version).

telecommuting infographic

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  1. says

    I hire freelance telecommuters exclusively … downsides

    * Operational workflow ‘klunkiness’ when working across multiple time-zones
    * Most people are *not* cut out for working from home … the psychological impact on some can be quite intense.  Work/Home separation, not knowing when to take a break, loss of the social benefits of a traditional office, etc…

    I’ll still keep hiring telecommuters, but I’ve been a lot more rigorous during the interview process to check for red flags, i.e. no plan to set a work schedule, or set their own deadlines.

    thanks for sharing

  2. says

    There’s certainly an optimal personality and attitude for remote work. I think many just see the pluses and ignore the considerations you mentioned — that’s a recipe for disaster. Thanks for your comment!