61% of Executives Surveyed Believe Telecommuters Are Less Likely to Advance in Comparison to Employees Working in Traditional Office Settings

- Yet More Than Three-Fourths of Respondents Say This Group Is Equally or

More Productive Than Office Workers -



Jan 16, 2007, 00:00 ET from Futurestep, A Korn/Ferry Company

    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- More than half (61 percent) of
 1,320 global executives surveyed say they believe that telecommuters are
 less likely to advance in their careers in comparison to employees working
 in traditional office settings, according to the latest Trends@Work Quiz
 from Futurestep, Korn/Ferry International's (NYSE:   KFY) outsourced
 recruitment subsidiary.
     Despite this assertion, nearly half (48 percent) of respondents
 indicated that they would consider a job which involved telecommuting on a
 regular basis and the vast majority (a combined 78 percent) stated that
 telecommuters are either equally or more productive than those who work in
 offices. When asked which type of flexible working arrangement they found
 most attractive, nearly half (46 percent) of respondents most preferred the
 option of working flexible hours.
     "Smart employers know that flexible working conditions can be an
 effective means to creating a productive workforce," said Robert McNabb,
 chief executive officer of Futurestep. "Often when employers offer the
 option of flexible hours and telecommuting, they help employees maintain
 balance in other parts of their lives which, in turn, fosters loyalty,
 satisfaction and retention."
     The Trends@Work Quiz also examined whether sabbaticals or extended
 breaks have any effect on one's career. More than half (a combined 64
 percent) believe that they are either somewhat or extremely beneficial.
     Methodology
     The Futurestep Trends@Work Quiz is based on a global survey of
 executives registered within the Korn/Ferry International family of Web
 sites. Respondents from 71 countries, representing a wide spectrum of
 industries and functional areas, participated in the most recent
 Trends@Work Quiz between October and November 2006.
     About Korn/Ferry International
     Korn/Ferry International, with more than 70 offices in 40 countries, is
 a premier global provider of talent management solutions. Based in Los
 Angeles, the firm delivers an array of solutions that help clients to
 identify, deploy, develop, retain and reward their talent.
     About Futurestep
     Founded in 1998, Futurestep serves as Korn/Ferry International's
 outsourced recruiting subsidiary, focusing on the creation of successful
 recruitment solutions based on clients' individual workforce needs.
 Futurestep has locations in 17 countries across North America, Asia/Pacific
 and Europe. In addition to recruitment process outsourcing, the company's
 portfolio of services includes project-based recruitment, interim solutions
 and mid-level recruitment. For more information, visit www.futurestep.com.
 
 

SOURCE Futurestep, A Korn/Ferry Company
    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- More than half (61 percent) of
 1,320 global executives surveyed say they believe that telecommuters are
 less likely to advance in their careers in comparison to employees working
 in traditional office settings, according to the latest Trends@Work Quiz
 from Futurestep, Korn/Ferry International's (NYSE:   KFY) outsourced
 recruitment subsidiary.
     Despite this assertion, nearly half (48 percent) of respondents
 indicated that they would consider a job which involved telecommuting on a
 regular basis and the vast majority (a combined 78 percent) stated that
 telecommuters are either equally or more productive than those who work in
 offices. When asked which type of flexible working arrangement they found
 most attractive, nearly half (46 percent) of respondents most preferred the
 option of working flexible hours.
     "Smart employers know that flexible working conditions can be an
 effective means to creating a productive workforce," said Robert McNabb,
 chief executive officer of Futurestep. "Often when employers offer the
 option of flexible hours and telecommuting, they help employees maintain
 balance in other parts of their lives which, in turn, fosters loyalty,
 satisfaction and retention."
     The Trends@Work Quiz also examined whether sabbaticals or extended
 breaks have any effect on one's career. More than half (a combined 64
 percent) believe that they are either somewhat or extremely beneficial.
     Methodology
     The Futurestep Trends@Work Quiz is based on a global survey of
 executives registered within the Korn/Ferry International family of Web
 sites. Respondents from 71 countries, representing a wide spectrum of
 industries and functional areas, participated in the most recent
 Trends@Work Quiz between October and November 2006.
     About Korn/Ferry International
     Korn/Ferry International, with more than 70 offices in 40 countries, is
 a premier global provider of talent management solutions. Based in Los
 Angeles, the firm delivers an array of solutions that help clients to
 identify, deploy, develop, retain and reward their talent.
     About Futurestep
     Founded in 1998, Futurestep serves as Korn/Ferry International's
 outsourced recruiting subsidiary, focusing on the creation of successful
 recruitment solutions based on clients' individual workforce needs.
 Futurestep has locations in 17 countries across North America, Asia/Pacific
 and Europe. In addition to recruitment process outsourcing, the company's
 portfolio of services includes project-based recruitment, interim solutions
 and mid-level recruitment. For more information, visit www.futurestep.com.
 
 SOURCE Futurestep, A Korn/Ferry Company