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Telecommuters are more loyal and productive employees than those in offices, according to a survey from Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples Inc. The survey found that 86 percent of telecommuters said they felt better and were more productive when they work from home.
Telecommuters said they were:
The survey pointed to opportunities for companies to better assist their workers. For instance, most telecommuters said their companies don’t provide furniture (87 percent), office equipment (60 percent) or supplies (57 percent). Improving in these areas can help create an environment that simulates corporate office conditions and maximizes productivity.
In addition to Internet connectivity and access to company networks, the survey revealed that top technology considerations for telecommuters include:
“Data can be the lifeblood of an organization, so it’s important to provide telecommuters with IT training and security best practices,” said Ed Ludwigson, vice president and general manager for Staples Technology Solutions, an arm of Staples Advantage. “Because advances in technology continue to help dissolve geographical barriers, companies should provide their telecommuters with tools that make it easy and efficient to collaborate and stay connected.”
With the right setup and support from employers, telecommuting programs can be rewarding and productive options for employees. Some telecommuters (40 percent) said they even would be willing to take a pay cut rather than stop telecommuting.
The survey was conducted in May 2011 among telecommuters who work at least one day per week from home for U.S. companies of various sizes and across industries.
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