Working remotely has been shown to improve productivity and efficiency across a variety of sectors. Companies like Aetna and Dell have create remote work programs that have had astoundingly positive effects on their workforce and morale.
Stats about remote work show that 82 percent of telecommuters reported lower stress levels, according to one study, and that’s a good thing not only for remote workers, but for the companies that employ them. The study by PGI, a leading provider of software services, found that 80 percent of workers reported higher morale when working from home, while 69 percent reported lower absenteeism.
Companies of all sizes report significant decreases in operating costs, remote work stats show. Two examples from big companies, according to a Forbes magazine report: Aetna (where some 14,500 of 35,000 employees don’t have an “in-office” desk) shed 2.7 million square feet of office space, saving $78 million. American Express reported annual savings of $10 million to $15 million thanks to its remote worker options.
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
For many employers, going green is a big incentive in the shift toward remote work. Fact is, employers who have embraced telecommuting have helped reduce their carbon footprint, studies show. In 2013, annual fuel consumption decreased by 680 million gallons, about 0.5 percent of the nation’s gas consumption, one study found.