Odds are that a nearly half of today's workforce has the same thought while sitting in traffic, inhaling fumes and listening to car horns blare.
“I could do this job from home — why suffer through this?”
And the other half? Well, according to a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management, 46 percent of the workforce is already telecommuting.
The odds only increase for millennial workers.
According to SHRM, millennials will comprise almost one-half of the workforce by next year, and 75 percent by 2025.
A two-year study by PwC also found that more than 64 percent of millennials would favor increased flexibility in hours and work-from-home opportunities.
And according to Global Workplace Analytics, 2.8 million self-employed Americans currently work from home, with another 3.3. million workers considering their homes — despite their employers having offices — their primary workspaces.
“Nearly half of the workforce now holds a job that could be performed, at least some of the time, from home or a ‘third place’ such as a coffee shop, library or park bench,” said Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics, a San Diego-based research firm.
“Nearly 80 percent of employees say they’d like to work at home at least part of the time and a third would take a pay cut for the opportunity.”
Whether you’re a millennial or not, it’s become very clear that the workforce requires greater telecommuting opportunities.
Lister said data from Global Workplace Analytics show companies can save:
These numbers also don’t include estimated health care savings, since people who work from home tend to take better care of themselves by making time to exercise and cook.
And in addition to monetary benefits, Lister said, there are also environmental ones — switching commuters to telecommuters helps reduce traffic and greenhouse gas emissions.
But in order for these savings to add up, it’s up to the employee to make the most of working from home — which is where Kahn’s tips come in:
Most importantly, remember that just because you work from home doesn’t mean you can’t still go into the office — make it a point to do so every now and then for social interaction, important face-time conversations and more.
Lister said the No. 1 complaint and question she hears from employers regarding work-from-home opportunities is, “How will I know they’re working?”
“The counter to that is, ‘How do you know they’re working in the office?’” Lister said.
“Everyone’s seen that crazy-cat-playing-the-piano video — where do you think they saw it?”
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