Survey: Only 11% of Americans Who Can Telecommute Do
13 July 2006
The 2005/2006 National Technology Readiness Survey (NTRS), sponsored by the Robert H. Smith School of Business’ Center for Excellence in Service at the University of Maryland and technology research firm Rockbridge Associates Inc., found that despite 25% of respondents citing supportive employer telecommuting policies or jobs that would allow work from home, only 11% are doing so.
The NTRS determined that about 1.35 billion gallons of fuel could be saved if everyone with the potential to telecommute did so 1.6 days per week, based on a driving average of 20 miles per day, getting 21 miles-per-gallon. At an average gas price of $2.97 per gallon, that’s about $4 billion worth of fuel.
With national gas prices hovering near $3 a gallon, American workers could suffer less pain at the pump if they took advantage of workplace telecommuting policies. In addition to saving billions of dollars to the economy, the time and money saved on a long commute—even just two days a week—could significantly increase productivity and employee satisfaction.—Roland Rust, executive director of the Center for Excellence in Service
Findings from the 2005/2006 NTRS regarding telecommuting include:
Only 2 percent of adults who work telecommute full time; another 9 percent telecommute part time and 8 percent have home-based businesses.
Ninety-one percent of full- and part-time workers with a commute drive to work.
The median commuting time reported by US workers with commutes is 20 minutes each way, and the median distance is 10 miles each way.
Of those who could feasibly telecommute, less than half would choose to do so more than two days per week and 14 percent would not telecommute at all.
Eighty-two percent of full-time American workers have a Web connection at home, 69 percent of which are high-speed.
2005/2006 National Technology Readiness Survey (Summary report)
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