Telecommuting Has Increased Threefold in 20 years, SHRM Survey Shows

Jul 13, 2016
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The flexibility to work from home one or more days a week is an appealing concept to many employees, and especially to the now largest workforce generation—the Millennials. 

Since 1996, there has been a threefold increase nationally in the percentage of organizations offering telecommuting benefits—from 20 to 60 percent—according to a new survey from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

“Telecommuting is also particularly appealing to workers living in big cities with consistently heavy rush hour traffic,” explained Evren Esen, director of workforce analytics at SHRM. “Technological advances over the past 20 years have made this shift possible. Companies also are responding to employees’ desire for more flexibility and when and where they work.”

In the past five years, telecommuting on an as-needed basis also has increased 11 percentage points (from 45 to 56 percent). Flextime and compressed workweeks—and other flexible work arrangement—have remained the same, while break arrangements, telecommuting on a part-time basis, and compressed workweeks have decreased.

The full survey is available online at: 

To read the press release on this survey, please visit: 

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Vanessa Hill of SHRM Public Affairs at 703-535-6072 or Vanessa.Hill@shrm.org.

About the Society for Human Resource Management
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the Society has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit us at shrm.org and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @SHRMPress.
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