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Blog // Connect Michigan

Exploring the Benefits of Teleworking

By Wil Payton

National Telework Week is March 5-9. The Telework Exchange, a Virginia-based public-private partnership, formed to encourage government and industry to explore the benefits of teleworking, started the initiative in 2011.

According to Connected Nation research, in 2010, 23% of businesses (approximately 519,000 businesses) and 27% of small businesses allow employees to telework or telecommute.

This past January, Connect Michigan released Teleworking in Michigan – Empowering Workers Through Broadband, a report that examined the impact of teleworking across the state.

Some of the findings from this report included the following:

  • Altogether, 47% of employed Michigan adults say that they either telework now or would be willing to do so if given the opportunity by their employers. This represents more than 1.8 million employed Michigan adults. An additional 1.1 million Michigan adults who do not currently work say they would be willing to do so if empowered to telework.
  • Across the state of Michigan, nearly one in five employees (19%, representing approximately 741,000 adults) work from home instead of commuting.
  • On average, Michigan teleworkers work from home at least 1.6 days per week. This results in an average of 2,560 fewer miles driven per year for each teleworker.
  • Statewide, teleworkers save a total of $336.5 million in reduced operating costs for their automobiles.

Workforce, an online publication from Crain Communications, provides a great national industry perspective on the growth of teleworking. To check it out click here now!

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