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Summer 2016

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Out of the Office Have you ever found yourself suiting up for the office but wishing you could stay home to finish a report in your pajamas instead? You might be in luck. By some estimates, telecom- muting has increased by 80 percent over the past decade. But who are these stay-at-home workers, and are they actually taking care of business? by the numbers BY JeNN WilKs the percentage oF telecommuters who wanted to go back to the oFFIce. A Chinese travel web- site gave its employees the option to work from home for a study about productivity among telecommuters. Of those who volunteered to work from home, only half chose to continue telecom- muting when the study was over. One reported rea- son so many employees wanted to return to the office: they missed the camaraderie of their coworkers. Source: 50 the number oF days per week the average telecommuter works From home. Working from home isn't an all-or-nothing arrangement. In reality, most tele- commuters split their time between home and office. About 17 percent of employees in the United States telecommute at least some of the time. Source: 1 26 MARRIOTT

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