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Telecommuting on the Rise for US Workforce: Real Time Communications to Shine

August 19, 2015

Do you dream about working from home? About the ability to roll out of bed in your PJs an hour after your usual alarm clock goes off and just start your day from that point?

While the benefits of not having to trudge out into the cold morning air and into heavily delayed traffic on the roadways—or skipping morning coffee talk with a pesky co-worker—are all perks of being able to telecommute, there is a more important piece to the puzzle that’s helping to increase awareness and acceptance of the trend for today’s workforce, and that is the “working” part of it.

Mistaking work from home as a time to take it easy, or worse yet, not work at all, just won’t cut it today. Instead, getting work done, and more of it, than you would in the physical office, is what’s allowed this trend to grow.

Most workers granted the ability to telecommute have proven its benefits far out weigh its possible drawbacks and it seems more employers are considering or already making it an option.

A new Poll looks at telecommuting in the U.S. and what some of the trends are today.

Naturally, the results showed telecommuting has grown over the last several years. Hitting 37 percent in 2015 compared to only 9 percent in 1995. This can be attributed to the advancements in technologies that have made it possible to connect remotely and communicate efficiently regardless of physical location.

The most common worker who is telecommuting is someone whose work duties primarily involve using a computer. Most workers said they telecommute about two days out of the month. But 9 percent of workers did say they work from home more than 10 days out of the month.

The study also found that employers can use telecommuting as a way to retain a talented worker who would need to leave the position if they had to commute to the office each day. 

What has changed over the years is the way in which people are using their work-from-home abilities. In the past, people would remotely connect and work from home as a chance to catch up on work after hours. Now people are using those abilities to work during the actual business hours.

Better IP communications technologies, the availability of UC solutions, and now the explosion of real-time offerings all make working remotely easy and efficient.

Real-time communications allows workers share information and chat with team members, customers and clients regardless of their physical location. This easy access to tools and ability to collaborate in real-time is driving a “new worker” phenomenon that’s quickly finding a place in so many businesses today. 

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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