Work/Life Balance Ranks as Top Reason for Telecommuting
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 2, 2014--
The third annual telecommuting survey by Staples shows that
telecommuting is increasingly attractive to employees – with 71 percent
of telecommuters saying it’s an important benefit when considering a new
job. Ten percent of respondents even say they would take a salary
reduction to keep the telecommuting benefit – something for employers to
take note of when recruiting.
Achieving a better work/life balance ranks as the number one reason
employees like telecommuting (74 percent) – up from number two last
year. Transportation savings (69 percent) and green benefits (47
percent) are also cited as top reasons.
Employees also cite reduced stress as a major telecommuting benefit (69
percent) – up significantly from 48 percent in 2013. In fact, an
overwhelming majority of employees (88 percent) believe telecommuting is
a win-win for both them and their company – and employers agree:
65 percent of employers who allow their workers to telecommute report
33 percent of employers report less absenteeism in the workforce when
telecommuting is allowed.
“When a few companies recently banned telecommuting, it sparked a debate
on the benefits of such programs,” said Paul Mullen, vice president of
technology solutions, Staples Advantage, the business-to-business
division of Staples. “Our survey clearly shows the benefits. Not only
does telecommuting lead to a happier workforce, it’s also a critical
benefit to have from a recruiting standpoint. Employers who are flexible
and support their staff with the tools they need to telecommute have a
definite recruiting advantage.”
How to solve telecommuting challenges
Even with these benefits and the growing popularity of Bring Your Own
Device (BYOD) policies (50 percent of organizations surveyed offer
BYOD), companies are still doing a poor job of educating employees
around proper security measures and equipping them with appropriate
Only 25 percent of employees have been trained on data backup/security
Sixty-four percent of employees name a poor VPN connection as their
biggest tech challenge when working from home.
Fifty-eight percent of employers report that their telecommuters have
connectivity problems several times per month or more.
Only ten percent of employers offer furniture services to new
To ensure a smooth and secure telecommuting experience for employees,
many experts recommend:
Equipping the Workforce – With IT connectivity issues a
main concern, telecommuting programs should ensure easy access to
email, document sharing, instant messaging and video conferencing.
Providing remote VPN capabilities to telecommuters is also important
for easy network access.
Employee Actions – Having employees set up lock screens is one
simple step businesses can take.
Implementing Security Measures – Encrypting device-side
data by adding another layer of protection is important in the event
an attacker manages to bypass a lock screen or finds a backdoor.
Furnishing Office Spaces Appropriately – It’s important to
consider furniture options in telecommuting programs, from ergonomic
furniture to items like desk and drawer organizers. This will help
telecommuters make their home offices more productive. In addition,
more and more offices are designed with telecommuting in mind. In
of the Future Design Competition, many of the finalists focused on
layouts and furniture options that accommodate a more mobile workforce
who telecommutes occasionally, providing open spaces that allow people
to move throughout an office based on their work needs.
For additional information from this survey, please view a SlideShare
About the Survey
Staples conducted an online survey of 137 decision makers and 174 office
workers at organizations of all sizes across the U.S. and Canada. The
survey, conducted in March 2014, asked a series of questions about
telecommuting programs, supplies and services provided, reimbursement
and attitudes/behavior. Every work place is different and appropriate
telecommuting and security policies vary by industry and by the nature
of individual jobs and employees.
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ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery
capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they
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supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and
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Members, in most cases overnight. Headquartered outside of Boston,
Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia,
Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (SPLS) is
available at www.staples.com.
About Staples Advantage
Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc.
(Nasdaq: SPLS), serves organizations of 20 or more employees up to the
Fortune 1000, helping them make more happen with more products, greater
cost savings and improved ordering efficiencies. Staples Advantage
provides its customers, including global businesses, local, state and
federal government, healthcare organizations and educational
institutions, with a one source solution featuring comprehensive
products and services like office supplies, technology, printing,
promotional products, furniture and facility supplies, along with a
customized level of account support and best-in-class customer service.
More information is available at www.staplesadvantage.com.
Source: Staples Advantage
Shweta Agarwal, 508-253-8249