2012-10-19

Co.Exist

A Visual Breakdown Of The Benefits Of Working From Home

Are you on the fence about working from home? Is your boss? Here are some numbers to put in context how good it is for you and your job. Unless you don’t want to be a less stressed, more productive worker.

We’re big fans of the telecommuting movement. In past articles, we’ve discussed some of its many benefits—it makes you more productive, saves gasoline, makes you more creative (especially if you work at coffee shops), and means that companies need less office space for employees.

A new infographic, courtesy of CarInsurance.org, has laid out the advantages of working from home in visual form. The telecommuting trend, as the infographic explains, is speeding up.

From 2005 to 2012, the U.S. workforce grew 3%, and regular telecommuters grew 66%. An impressive 64 million U.S. employees—that’s half the workforce—have the option of working from home part time. And a recent survey from Citrix shows that approximately 29% of people worldwide will work remotely by 2020.

Just because 64 million people have the option of working from home in the U.S. doesn’t mean that they all take advantage of it; 86% of U.S. residents still drive to work. But what if they did decide to ditch the office, at least part time?

The infographic explains that workers could save hundreds of dollars each year on gasoline (the average commuter spends $1,500 yearly), save on car insurance, and better their health. For reasons probably related to stress and being sedentary, commuters often have higher BMIs, blood pressure, and waist circumference.

Switching to a telecommuting lifestyle can drop stress by up to 25%, lead to healthier eating habits, and increase work-life balance. And if that isn’t enough to convince your boss, here’s another angle: A study of Chinese call center employees found that telecommuters upped productivity by 13%.

Check out the full infographic below.

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  • vstar

    I've arranged to work remotely 3 days a week, and over the past 6 months that I've piloted it, it's certainly helped me improve in various ways, personally and professionally.  I'm definitely more productive and I know that I eat better and get up and walk around more than I would if I were just planted at my desk at the office.  Instead of inhaling a sandwich because I'm rushing to do something, I can actually take a break and eat like a civilized person.  I save myself 90 minutes of commute time daily, and turn that into additional distraction-free production time.  My results have benefited, most definitely. 

  • Brownthrasher

    How do you find jobs where that is all you do? Or go in once a week. Where are those advertised?

  • Robert

    I really appreciate this infographic as a work-from-home person. All the benefits are true. I don't miss commuting hour at all and am glad that most people, while capable of doing the same thing, don't think they can and just drive to work each day.  Hope you don't mind but I'm swiping your infographic and posting it on my bathroom mirror as a reminder to be grateful for what I have going.

  • Sasha Tsimbler

    There are a ton of benefits to working from hom as illustrated here in this wonderful infographic. However, there are some disadvantages as well such as the fact that, people who work from home are less likely to be promoted.

    The Economist published a short article on the matter last week:
    http://www.economist.com/node/...

  • Ingrid Heinrichs Pauls

    If it is important for employees to meet and work at a specific location: it seems to me that if those who are able and motivated to work from home did so on the same days of the week, and came into the workplace on the same days also, it would make a more productive work environment for all the employees.

  • Claude

    The cynical me says that this is just another smart corporoate outsourcing cost reduction move, which in a sense it could be, but I agree with the above. Though self-employed, both my wife and I have worked from home for the past 16 years. Our children don't know what it is like not to have Mom and Dad at home most of the time. Our children were both schoolgoing when we started, so for 2/3 rd's of the workday was pretty quiet at home anyway. Provided you have a proper study/home office, and the family all respect the boundaries, it working from home can really be a win-win. We would not have it any other way.

  • Mary

    Great article! while the benefits of working from home abound, the company (certainly if a startup or small company) needs to have a solid communication plan & infrastructure in place. Bad voip or conference lines can damage a company's professional image...furthermore, remote employees cannot be "out of sight, out of mind" and left out of the head office loop.