According to the Society for Human Resource, about 37% of companies offer telecommuting or similar flexible work arrangements, and these programs are increasing at an annual rate of 11%. If the trend continues, we may become a nation of teleworkers, with a majority of employees doing at least part of their jobs from home. Such a possibility was reinforced by WorldAtWork, which reported that 28 million Americans now work at least one day per month from home, with an estimated 100 million expected to telework by 2010.
Analysis conducted by independent researchers of data from the Small Business Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Transit, and Census Bureau shows that 40% of the U.S. workforce have jobs that are conducive to telecommuting. If all of these employees telecommuted, the researchers suggest that the new teleworkers could annually save 625 million barrels of oil...(register to read more)