IT Management Slideshow: Telecommuting Still Lags

By Ericka Chickowski  |  Posted 05-22-2009

Telecommuting Still Lags

Even though most workers want to work from home at times and some would even take a pay cut to do so, more than half never get the opportunity to unshackle themselves from the office desk, according to a recent survey commissioned by Citrix Online and conducted by the firm inc./WomanTrend. Check out the results, compiled from questioning of 600 workers worldwide.

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Only 19 % of US workers are frequently given the opportunity to work remotely. About 22 % are infrequently given the opportunity.

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A whopping 56 % of US workers are never given the opportunity to work remotely.

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Nearly three-quarters of US workers agreed with the statement, 'In my current or next job, I would like to have the ability to work remotely.'

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One-fifth of US workers said they would relinquish 5 % of their salary for the opportunity to work remotely as little as two days per week.

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More than 35 % of workers said one of the biggest draws to web commuting was the ability set their own hours and have more control over their days

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Approximately 20 % of workers cited transportation savings as a big benefit to web commuting

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Top three reasons managers cite for blocking telecommuting:

They feel workers won't be as productive out of the office: 15 %

They believe remote working hampers relationship building: 19 %

They think they need workers in the office or on site: 38 %

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Small business owners are more than four times as likely as other types of workers to work from home all of the time.

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Two-thirds of small business owners show some willingness to allowing employees to participate in meetings from home

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More than 45 % of US workers use some sort of web commuting software

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