Commuters of the World Unite ...

February 06, 2013

... you have nothing to lose but your season ticket passes. We've clearly seen an uptick  in teleworking in recent years as remote work is a viable option for people of many professions who want to get work done while having greater control of their time schedules. The percentage of full-time employees working from home rose by an average 0.05 percentage points a year between 2000 and 2005, with the annual growth rate doubling to 0.1 points from 2005 to reach 2.2% in 2011, according to official statistics.

However, the percentage of full-time teleworkers varies a lot across different occupations, according to recent research from The Conference Board. The profession where telework was most widely used in 2010-2011 was that of medical transcriptionists. Nearly half (47.4%) of medical transcriptionists whose main function is to listen to recordings and transcribe them into an electronic document worked primarily from home in the reviewed period. They pick this option probably because they need a more chatter-free work environment, as do writers and editors.

Unsurprisingly, sales engineers (16%) and sales representatives (11%) who work more with customers (away from the office), rather than with colleagues, are among the most likely to telework. Travel agents, management analysts and consultants are also more likely to work remotely, according to the data.

Flexible working is also common in tech jobs as tech-savvy workers are more at ease with technology that enables work to be done anytime, anywhere. While virtual communication will become more seamless in the future and more accessible to employees, with the greater adoption of real-time video conferencing and cloud services, bringing cost savings and talent attraction and retention benefits to organizations, the mass use of telework is still some time away because of concerns over how collaborative and productive teleworking employees are.

I observe some folks seem to have Stockholm Syndrom where it comes to thier commute and find discussing the very idea of working at home uncomfortable. I guess that's easy to understand but at the same time leaves me scrathcing my head a tad. What do you think? Do you genuinely like going into your office or is it under sufferance? Come on now; you can be honest ...