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Telecommuting On The Rise, But One In Five Telecommuters Works One Hour Or Less A Day

Telecommuting

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 09/15/11 02:37 PM ET Updated: 11/15/11 05:12 AM ET

According to a new survey by CareerBuilder, 31 percent of telecommuters work in their pajamas.

The study, which surveyed nearly 5,300 employees, also showed an increase in productivity of those working from home. Thirty-five percent of respondents work eight or more hours when telecommuting, a jump from the 2007 survey, which only cited 18 percent. Still, one in five telecommuters confessed to working one hour or less per day when working remotely. The majority -- 40 percent -- clocked in between four and seven work hours per day.

The survey revealed an overall increase in telecommuting, with 10 percent telecommuting at least once a week -- an increase from the 8 percent who reported doing so in 2007.

"With mass adoption of smart phones and advanced network technologies, telecommuters are connected to their offices like never before. As a result, we're seeing more companies embrace the work-from-home option and more workers putting in full-time hours while at home," said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder, in a statement.

While working at home is convenient, is it good for productivity? The survey showed that 37 percent say they are more productive at the office, while 29 percent said they are more productive at home. Thirty-four percent of respondents claimed they are equally productive both at home and in the office.

Telecommuters ranked the following at-home distractions, with household chores ranking highest at 31 percent, while children, at 15 percent, posed the least threat to productivity.

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