Teleworking Rates Increase as Technology Evolves
Despite widespread availability of video or Web conferencing and project management technology, frequent use of these tools was in the single digits.A surprising nine out of 10 full-time U.S. employees believe their boss trusts them to get their job done regardless of where and when they do their work, according to a survey of 617 full-time employed adults commissioned by Flex+Strategy Group/Work+Life Fit and co-sponsored by Citrix. However, while additional data indicates employees have become upbeat about their increasingly flexible workplaces, inefficiencies abound in how workers use technology and communicate, and there is a lack of training and infrastructure available to support flexible work. Employees are pretty evenly split between where they said they do most of their work, with one-third working from a remote location, a slight increase from 2013, while 34 percent work in a cube/open office environment and 28 percent in a private office. Men continue to represent the majority of teleworkers—three out of five in 2015--but the percentage of women increased significantly (39 percent) from (29 percent) in 2013.
"I don’t think we’ll see an increase in formal plans that officially change your schedule or the location where you work for a set period of time," Cali Yost, CEO of Flex+Strategy Group, told eWEEK. "But, I do expect to see a continuing proliferation of as needed, informal flexible shifts in how, when and where you get your job done. This trend toward more informal versus formal work flexibility is clear in our research."