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Skype survey: Working from home more prevalent
Working from home is becoming more common as it is increasingly accepted by managers and desired by more employees, according to a recent survey conducted by Skype.
Services like Skype — with its video calling and instant message capabilities — "have pretty much made the necessity of a 9-to-5 physical presence behind a cubicle-bound desk obsolete," wrote Mashable's Jolie O'Dell.
Seventy-five percent of decision makers believe working remotely is more accepted, while 56 percent of decision makers believe remote workers are more productive, according to the survey.
Here are highlights from Skype's survey …
Businesses allowing remote work:
- 2,500-plus employees: 77 percent
- 500-2,500 employees: 77 percent
- 100-499 employees: 70 percent
- 20-99 employees: 62 percent
- 10-19 employees: 55 percent
- 5-9 percent: 49 percent
- 0-4 employees: 39 percent
Percent change in expected usage from the end of 2009 to the end of 2011:
- Video conferencing: 15 percent
- Desktop video: 13 percent
- VoIP: 10 percent
- Room-based video: 7 percent
- Mobile phones: 5 percent
- Instant messaging: 4 percent
- Social networking: 1 percent
- Texting: 1 percent
- Email: -5 percent
- Landline: -6 percent
Top five factors determining job satisfaction:
- Salary: 55 percent
- Quality of work environment: 37 percent
- Flexibility to work outside the office or at home: 33 percent
- Relationship with line manager: 29 percent
- Being able to determine how work gets done: 28 percent
Why does your company allow employees to work remotely?
Andréa Maria Cecil is managing editor at the Central Penn Business Journal. She is a 32-year-old native New Orleanian who is interested in how gadgets and technology can make business more efficient.