Telework is on its way to becoming a standard business practice. A new survey (h/t Mobile Work Exchange) of more than 1,000 employers found that 67 percent of workplaces allow their employees to work from home occasionally, up from just 50 percent six years ago. 38 percent of employers permit regular telework, up a whopping 15 points from 23 percent in 2008. The option to work remotely is gaining ground across America.This practice should continue to gain momentum. As more employers offer the option to work from home to potential employees, the best and the brightest will gravitate towards workplaces that allow them to telework. To stay competitive, more and more employers will have to put telework policies in place.This isn’t just good news for employees, who reap the physical, mental, and social benefits of the increased flexibility that telework provides, or a boon for employers, who can save money on office real estate. More broadly, telework is good for the environment. Cutting down the time Americans spend commuting will decrease the emissions of both greenhouse gases and hazardous air pollution.As we continue to transition to an information economy, being physically present at work will become less of a requirement. Employers are catching on to this new reality, and everyone—Gaia included—stands to benefit.