If your goal is to join a well-known company and work remotely, trends may be moving the odds in your favor. Let’s take a closer look: telecommuting in the U.S. has risen to 37% according to Gallup’s annual work and education poll. For perspective, this increase is four times greater than the 9% found in 1995. Fortune magazine as well as FlexJobs, have also identified companies of all shapes and sizes hiring significant numbers of remote workers. Additional studies indicate 83% of hiring managers say telecommuting will be more prevalent in the next five years. Based on these findings, it is time to examine which companies are leading the trend and what they are learning.
Companies Leading the Trend
Why is hiring remote workers and adding flexibility into the work week gaining ground? It is due in part to the financial success stories. Here are a few highlights from Steven Greenhouse’s New York Times interview with non-profit and finance leaders that is worth sharing
Ellen Galinsky, president of the Families and Work Institute, saying, “The nation’s accounting firms excel at this for a boring, accounting reason — they’ve looked at the numbers, and they see it helps.” Jennifer Allyn, managing director inPricewaterhouseCoopers’ office of diversity, notes that stepped-up flexibility policies have helped cut turnover to 15 percent a year, from 24 percent.
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