MENLO PARK, CA — Rising gas prices have many professionals considering telecommuting as an economical work option, but spending too much time working from home can mean saying goodbye to the corner office. In a recent survey, 43 percent of respondents said telecommuting is best suited for staff-level employees, compared with 18 percent who felt telecommuting is most beneficial for managers. In addition, more than two-thirds of respondents said senior executives at their firms rarely or never telecommute.
The survey was developed by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service specializing in the placement of highly skilled administrative professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 150 senior executives at the nationâ€™s 1,000 largest companies.
Executives were asked, â€œAt which level do you think telecommuting programs are most beneficial?â€ Their responses:
Staff – 43%
Manager – 18%
Executive – 14%
Administrative support – 11%
Don’t know/no answer – 14%
Executives also were asked, â€œOverall, how frequently do senior executives at your firm telecommute?â€ Their responses:
Very frequently – 5%
Somewhat frequently – 23%
Rarely – 55%
Never – 12%
Don’t know/no answer – 5%
â€œEffective management requires plenty of â€˜face timeâ€™ with employees,â€ said Diane Domeyer, executive director of OfficeTeam. â€œSupervisors should have an open-door policy, and that means being available to staff who need guidance with projects.â€
According to Domeyer, itâ€™s often easier for staff-level employees to telecommute because their work often can be performed autonomously. However, she noted that even those people who work from home need to spend time in the office. â€œEmployees who work from home must ensure that being out of sight doesnâ€™t also mean being out of mind for promotions, team projects and plum assignments,â€ Domeyer said.
OfficeTeam has more than 300 locations worldwide and offers online job search services at www.officeteam.com.
TJ Editor’s Note: While OfficeTeam provides a nice Job Search feature, there are no telecommuting-specific jobs listed here. Searching with the keyword ‘telecommute’ didn’t produce any results at all. OfficeTeam provides staffing support throughout it’s locations and does not provide help finding telecommuting work.