Tuesday, February 13, 2007

American homeworking statistics

Some interesting statistics about homeworking in the USA in Business Week. Charlie Grantham, executive producer of consulting firm Work Design Collaborative, is quoted as saying that around 14% of the U.S. workforce works from home at least two days a week, a jump of more than 10 per cent from three years ago, and that he expects a 17 per cent jump over the next two years. The article also points out other benefits to companies such as slowing employee churn and simply costcutting: at IBM, more than 40 per cent of the its 330,000 employees work on the road, from home, or at a client location, saving it $100 million in property-related expenses a year, while call centre specialist VIPdesk keeps 85 per cent of its employees every year, compared with the 10-20 per cent rate for traditional call centres.

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