The office isn’t what it used to be.
Today, 2.8 million self-employed Americans work from home, while another 3.3 million workers consider their homes their primary workplace, even though many of their employers have corporate offices, according to Global Workplace Analytics, a San Diego-based research firm.
“Nearly half of the workforce now holds a job that could be performed, at least some of the time, from home or a ‘third place’ such as a coffee shop, library or park bench,” says Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics. “Nearly 80 percent of employees say they’d like to work at home at least part of the time and a third would take a pay cut for the opportunity.”
The reason? Workers want and need greater flexibility. But there may be other benefits.
According to Lister, data show that companies can save an average of $11,000 per year for every person who works remotely half the time.
There also are environmental benefits, because switching commuters to telecommuters can help reduce traffic and greenhouse gas emissions, Lister says.
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