The Pros and Cons of Telecommuting

By Shilpa Ahuja June 11, 2018 at 5:00pm

THE PROS AND CONS OF REMOTE WORK

Would the ability to telecommute at least some of the time increase your likelihood of taking a job?

Total: Yes 77%

By Age:

18-34 Yes 86%
35-54 Yes 79%
55+ Yes 65%

The ability to telecommute is most attractive to professionals in these six cities:

San Francisco
Los Angeles
Detroit
Chicago
Austin
Denver

The biggest downsides of telecommuting were:*

22%: People abuse the benefit/don’t stick to work hours
22%: Feelings of isolation and missing team environment
17%: Interpersonal relationships suffer because you only talk by phone or email
12%: Loss of facetime means telecommuting workers may not be considered for new projects, promotions
7%: No one to bounce ideas off of
19%: There is no downside

Source: Robert Half survey of more than 2,800 workers in the United States

*Responses may not equal 100 percent due to rounding.

© 2018 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans.

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