August 04, 2014
Since 2005, the number of workers who telecommute has increased by more than 60%, according to Inc. Magazine. Today more than 2 million Americans work from home at least part time, and the affiliate marketing industry has long been a leader in this shift away from traditional office jobs.
According to the 2014 Affiliate Summit AffStat Report, the majority (45.5%) of affiliate marketers work from home, while 21.6% of affiliate markers surveyed commute to an office and 32.8% do a combination of the two.
If recent surveys are to believed, these numbers will continue to grow. Inc. Magazine also reports that 69% of all office workers said they would work from home at least part-time if their companies allowed it.
While companies might once have been inclined to believe telecommuting was the domain of parents and slackers, the numbers paint a picture of increased productivity among those who work from home.
Stanford University conducted a study last year in which some call center employees were allowed to telecommute. Those work from home employees were 13% more productive than those who remained in the office.
Here are some more statistics that might inspire employers to re-think strategies regarding telecommuting:
- Telecommuters with creative jobs are, on average, 20% more productive than their office-bound peers.
- Telecommuters are twice as likely to work more than a 40-hour work week.
- Employers can save as much as $11,000 per employee if the individual telecommutes even half the time.
Check out our Infographic: Home Work on the Rise for current facts and figures about telecommuting as the new way of doing business.
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