Telecommuting On The Rise

What’s driving these trends? What does the future look like? And, will the rise of telecommuting mean the end of the office? Telecommuting has been on the rise since technology made it possible. Thanks to technology, we’re always connected to work — even when we don’t want to be connected.

The phenomenon appears to be growing. The annual survey last year by the Society for Human Resource Management found a greater increase in the number of companies planning to offer telecommuting in 2014 than those offering just about any other new benefit.

As this movement grows, being clear about what we mean by telecommuting is important. What we do know is that telecommuting isn’t limited to one sector of the population. We also know that those who work at home tend to put in longer hours and are often more productive. It works best when a company has developed a plan, including the best technology to use. We also know it can hurt an employee’s promotion chances and that some combination of working at home and in the office seems ideal.

Though not all jobs are compatible with all types of telecommuting, when used properly, telecommuting can be a powerful tool to advance and retain the talent that employers need to stay at the top of their industries.

The Field Guide to Telecommuting

The telecommuting phenomenon continues to grow. The annual survey last year by the Society for Human Resource Management found a greater increase in the number of companies planning to offer telecommuting than those offering any other new benefit. Companies are learning what it means to virtually communicate and use technology. Studies show that working from home is longer hours but often more productive. It may take some time to get used to telecommuting. The Field Guide To Telecommuting is a great resource. Please read more

Is This the Year to Make the Leap?

While the number of telecommuters represents only a small percentage of the overall workforce, the trend is clearly on the upswing. If you have dreamed of telecommuting for years, now is the time to get serious about making that transition. The annual survey last year by the Society for Human Resource Management found a greater increase in the number of companies planning to offer telecommuting than those offering any other new benefit. With this information on-hand, what are the best industries for telecommuting?

FlexJobs, a job board for those seeking telecommuting, remote or freelance work, just released its annual list of the top 100 companies that are hiring. The jobs run the gamut from senior and mid-level management positions to mid-career non-management posts as well as entry-level opportunities. These jobs exist in several fields including, accounting, consulting, administrative management, sales, information technology, marketing, insurance and healthcare, just to name a few.

If 2016 is the perfect year to become a telecommuter, make the leap!