Infographic: How telecommuting is changing the workplace

Telecommuting saves time and money, and employees love it. But what does it mean for the workplace of the future? This infographic makes some predictions.

How many times have you woken up in the morning and wished you could stay home and work in your pajamas?

Thanks to technology, those cozy mornings are a reality for many employees.

While only 2.3 percent of American employees worked from home in 1980, that number has climbed to 24 percent today, an infographic by Intuit reports.

Intuit’s infographic illustrates what’s driving the telecommuting trend, and how the ability to work from anywhere is changing the workplace.

Some interesting findings:

Americans lead the trend. Ninety percent of U.S. businesses provide or are expanding their telecommuting options, compared to 85 percent of Chinese, 77 percent of Indian and 72 percent of U.K. businesses.

Telecommuting saves money—for everyone. Employers who allow staff to work from home save an average of $11,000 per year, and employees who telecommute save about $7,000 yearly. For employees, most of that money is saved transportation costs. In fact, if all U.S. employees worked half of their hours from home, the savings in oil would equal 37 percent of U.S. Persian Gulf imports.

Employees would make sacrifices to telecommute. Seventy-eight percent would give up free meals, 31 percent would give up holiday time and 25 percent would take a smaller salary.

Telecommuting technology may mean more work in the future. Almost 90 percent (86 percent) of executives believe, in the future, bosses will expect employees to be in close contact when on vacation. Forty-two percent think future workers will have to work more hours than they do now.

What do you think about telecommuting? Is the ability to work from anywhere a good thing?

See more in the infographic below:

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