Yahoo!'s decision to require all employees to work at the company office has caused quite a stir recently. While Yahoo!'s HR memo champions the benefits of all workers being physically present for things like "hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings," most people who have worked from home understand the incredible benefits of that flexible arrangement (for individuals and for employers).
A few stats:
- From the Telework Research Network: Working from home creates 10-20% increase in employee productivity, 76% of telecommuters are more willing to put in extra time on work, and 80% of telecommuters say they have better work-life balance (See this infographic)
- From Telework Exchange, telecommuting just 2 days a week is worth $3,439 to the average worker (see this study)
- Nearly half of telecommuters in one survey said they were willing to give up an hour of sleep to be able to work at home
Obviously people want to work from home. They feel good doing it. And it's not just to goof off or create their own startups on company time as Yahoo!'s Marissa Meyer seems to suspect.
If you're interested in finding a work-from-home job, here are some employers who see telework not just as a perk for employees, but an actual working arrangement that benefits the company as a whole. I've organized it by industry, and it's a good starting place if you're looking for a new place to work that supports your need or desire for flexibility: