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Remote Work on the Rise
Big Business Is Teleworking

The appeal of telework for small businesses is readily apparent: office space is an expense many can’t afford, so teams coordinate remotely from houses and coffee shops. It also allows firms to pursue the best talent available, without regard to spatial limitations (something the multi-city TAI team takes advantage of). But large enterprises are getting on board with telework as well; as Quartz reports, some very big names are reaping the very large benefits of working remotely:

A growing number of jobs that allow remote-working situations now show up at major companies, including American Express, Humana, Xerox, and General Electric. This, according to a list from FlexJobs of 100 companies that posted the most remote jobs last year on its site. FlexJobs says the list is drawn from its database of 25,000 companies, which list around 17,000 openings. […]

“We’re regularly surprised with the depth and variety and how many different employers” offer remote work, said Sara Sutton Fell, FlexJobs CEO. Last year, the number of flexible job postings on FlexJobs rose 25%—the jobs include freelance work, non-traditional schedules, and part-time positions too. About 13.4 million US workers do their jobs at home at least one day a week, or 9.5% of the workforce. The numbers show an 18% increase from 2005 to 2010.

While private firms of all sizes jump on board the telework bandwagon, the federal government is, in some ways, leading the way. The 2010 Telework Enhancement Act required all federal agencies to put in place official telework policies, and that law has spurred tremendous growth in government remote work.

Small or large, public or private, the economic, social, and even health rationale for workplaces to adopt telework are manifest.

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  • Kevin

    One big advantage with telework is recruiting. Employees value it and it is a cheap “benefit” to offer. But even more, it allows us to recruit the best talent from the nation without requiring them to relocate. The drawback us that some significant fraction of people hired are not capable of working in a telework environment.

  • Mike

    The state of Delaware raised our engineers workers comp over 400% last year. Due to this we are now hiring engineers in Texas and in other states that use virtual connections to do our equipment validation and testing. Our remote employees don’t have to deal with the income tax in Delaware, and our remote employees don’t have the high workers’ compensation overhead. It does not make a difference where our engineers re located as long as they have a virtual network connection. The workplace is changing very quickly.

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