The Stats on Home Officers

I live in a suburban neighborhood with a lot of hard working families of young kids. As we've gotten to know each other over the past year and a half, I am surprised again and again at the number of neighbors who, like me, work from home as an employee of a larger organization.  So, for fun, I started looking around to figure out the true numbers of people who do work from home.

The best resource I found for this information is from the Society for Human Resource Management, or SHRM. They publish an annual report on Employee Benefits, and here's what I found based on the report published in June 2012:

57% of organizations surveyed offer telecommuting as a benefit
36% offer telecommuting on a part-time basis
20% offer telecommuting on a full-time basis

Surprisingly, these numbers have had very little fluctuation since 2008.

In fact, in a study conducted by the Families and Work Institute (FWI) in 2009 entitled The Impact of the Recession on Employers, they found that 81% of employers maintained the same level of flexibility in the workplace, while 13% increased it. Only 6% decreased that flexibility.

The bottom line is, there are a lot of us out there! And more companies (and employees) are finding the arrangement to be beneficial to not only help employees better balance their work and home life, but many are finding they are decreasing turnover and increasing profits!

To all you home officers out there - I salute you! You're not alone!

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