Is Telecommuting Killing the Office? [infographic]
Is the death knell about to sound for the office? Could telecommuting really take over?
IntuitΓÇÖs ΓÇ£Death of the OfficeΓÇ¥ infographic is packed with fascinating facts about the changing shape of the workplace. And while we donΓÇÖt dispute the rising popularity of telecommuting, the infographic also contains plenty of encouraging signs for the future of the office too.
Take, for example, the fact that 62% of UK workers were still commuting to a physical office every day in 2012. Of the remaining 38%, many of these will be commuting to the office for at least part of the week.
Furthermore, as the infographic shows, while many companies are now offering telecommuting, the opportunities arenΓÇÖt necessarily open to all employees. Those whoΓÇÖd been at their current company for 3-5 years were most likely to telecommute, while by age group, the highest number of telecommuters was found among the 36-45 category.
In other words, trusted middle management may telecommute, but for more junior employees and also those at the top of the corporate ladder, thereΓÇÖs still a pressing need to be physically present in the office.
WhatΓÇÖs more, not all telecommuters are home-based. An increasing number of businesses are providing employees with hot-desking passes so that they can access professional office space closer to their own homes. ItΓÇÖs still an office ΓÇô just not the HQ. Of course, it means that employees can cut down on the cost and hassle of the daily commute without turning their spare room into an outpost for their company.
Indeed, as a recent ruling banning out of hours email in France has shown, as office workers, weΓÇÖre increasingly concerned with the blurring of the boundaries between home and work. Having a physical office space remains a powerful way to maintain that distinction.
The office isnΓÇÖt dying ΓÇô itΓÇÖs just metamorphosing into something new.
Want to know more? View the interactive version of this infographic.
What do you think? Will telecommuting take over? Is there an office-less future ahead?
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