NEW YORK, July 19 /PRNewswire/ -- While only 23 percent of U.S.
employees work from home or are given that option, most of the work force
(59 percent) believes that telecommuting at least part-time is the ideal
work situation. This includes the 38 percent who think a mix of coming into
the office and working from home is preferable and the 21 percent who say
working at home is the best. These findings come from a new Hudson survey
on worker productivity.
Even among workers who are not given the choice, half report that
working away from the office at least sometimes would be their preference.
But those who have the option of clocking in from home take advantage of it
when they can - 38 percent work from home a minimum of once a week. Just 20
percent rarely or never choose this option.
"As competition for talent heats up, employers will be forced to
consider alternative retention tactics such as permitting telecommuting,"
according to Peg Buchenroth, managing director, compensation and benefits,
Hudson Highland Group. "While this is not feasible in all situations, most
employees want the flexibility to be able to get work done without going
into the office at least every once in a while."
Despite technologies that allow employees to put in time while heading
to and from work, three-quarters (73 percent) rarely or never get work done
during their commute. However, only 57 percent of entrepreneurs say the
same. This group is twice more likely than all workers to accomplish
work-related tasks at least once a week during their commute (22 percent
compared to 11 percent).
Nevertheless, workers realize the value of in-person communication. A
resounding 83 percent of the work force indicates that face-to-face
meetings are the most productive. Only 10 percent of employees believe that
virtual meetings (held over the telephone or online) get more done. When
given the choice of just phone or email for an important conversation, most
workers (59 percent) choose telephone; 26 percent prefer electronic
Other survey findings include:
- Managers are more likely than non-managers to have the option of
telecommuting (20 percent compared to 10 percent).
- While 29 percent of all employees work from home more than once a week,
the figure rises to 40 percent among workers with children at home.
- Nearly two in five (37 percent) entrepreneurs consider always working
from home to be the ideal work situation.
The Hudson productivity survey is based on a national poll of 1,911
U.S. workers conducted July 6-10, 2006 and was compiled by Rasmussen
Reports, LLC, an independent research firm (www.RasmussenReports.com). The
margin of sampling error for a survey based on this number of interviews is
approximately +/-2 percent with a 95 percent level of confidence. A more
detailed data report is available at www.hudson-index.com.
Hudson, one of the world's leading professional staffing, outsourcing
and talent management solutions providers, also publishes the Hudson
Employment Index(SM), a monthly measure of the U.S. work force's confidence
in the employment market. The next Hudson Employment Index will be released
on August 2.
Hudson delivers specialized professional staffing, outsourcing, and
talent management solutions worldwide. From single placements to total
solutions, the firm helps clients achieve greater organizational
performance by assessing, recruiting, developing and engaging the best and
brightest people for their businesses.
Hudson is a division of Hudson Highland Group, Inc. one of the world's
leading professional staffing, retained executive search and talent
management solutions providers. The company employs more than 3,800
professionals serving clients and candidates in more than 20 countries
through its Hudson and Highland Partners businesses. More information is
available at www.hudson.com.
Contact: Sarah Kafenstok Anshula Ahluwalia
Hudson Ogilvy Public Relations
(312) 795-4202 (312) 397-6074