Work from Home, If You Can…

Feb. 8, 2013 is Work from Home (WFH) Day. It will be a great chance to explore a new option. Yes, working from home (officially called telework) is a travel option and on WFH Day dozens of Austin’s largest employers will officially encourage 10,000 employees to work for home.  Results will be presented at the SXSW Social Good Summit on March 10, 2013. Mark your calendar now and stay tuned for more details! 

Talk to your employer – here is some helpful information.

A Stanford University study found that work from home led to a 13% performance increase, of which about 9.5% is from working more minutes per shift (fewer breaks and sick-days) and 3.5% from more calls per minute (attributed to a quieter working environment). Home workers also reported improved work satisfaction and their job attrition rate fell by 50%.

Telecommuting may not be for everyone, but for many it’s a practical and productive alternative work environment that is rapidly gaining acceptance by employers and employees alike.

Telework Research Network reports that 40% of U.S. employees could WFH while only 2.9 million employees do. That’s only 2.3% of the workforce. However, Forrester Research predicts that more than half the workforce could be teleworking by 2016, and Austin is leading the way having been ranked in the Top 11 Cities for Telecommuting by AOL Finance.

WFH also shows to make people happy by allowing employees flexibility in their schedule and removing the daily trek through traffic. If you are considering WFH, keep yourself motivated and check out The Seven Necessities for Telecommuting, courtesy of PGi.

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