10%10% of respondents telecommute at least once a week, up from 8% in 2007.
Do you ever wonder what your IT employees are really doing when they're telecommuting? Sure, you establish work-from-home policies based upon principles of trust. Still, a significant number of workers are taking advantage of the long leash, according to a survey from CareerBuilder. We're talking about more than simply working in pajamas all day. (Which, incidentally, quite a few telecommuters do.) It's about the actual amount of work time put in at home. For nearly one-in-five workers, that amounts to an astonishing hour a day (or less). "With mass adoption of smart phones and advanced network technologies, telecommuters are connected to their offices like never before," says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. "However, to avoid situations where telecommuters aren't putting in the necessary time, managers need to be clear about expectations and establish daily objectives. The autonomy of working from home can be very rewarding, so long as it doesn't diminish productivity." Nearly 5,300 U.S. workers took part in the research. Here are nine highlights:
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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