The World of Telecommuting
About 20 percent of workers around the world spend at least part of their workweek doing their jobs from home. While telecommuting is relatively common, views and practices are far from standard around the globe.
1 in 5
Workers around the world telecommute frequently.
Of people work from home every day.
Lost in Translation
For those who don’t have the opportunity to telecommute, one of the main reasons is that their employer requires them to be in their workplace.
Workers who have to be in their workplace:
South Africa 10%
Saudi Arabia 13%
South Korea 15%
United States 38%
Great Britain 37%
Global View of Telecommuting
While 6 in 10 workers around the world would be likely to telecommute full time if their employer allowed it, opinions on the benefits of such arrangements are mixed.
Telecommuting would help keep 83% more talented women in the workforce instead of leaving to raise children
Telecommuters have less stress because they spend less time in their workplace
78% of telecommuters say they have a better work-family balance
62% of telecommuters say not seeing coworkers face-to-face isolates those who telecommute
Working remotely makes employees less likely to be promoted
For some, telecommuting creates conflict by lowering the boundaries between work life and family life