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As companies end telecommuting poll finds support for practice

By Andrew Moran     Mar 14, 2013 in Business
New York - How would you like to work from home? A new poll discovered that most Americans believe telecommuting works and at-home employees are very productive. A small number of people said that telecommuting leads to people being lazy.
The new survey by ORC International found that 65 percent of respondents think working from is productive, while 29 percent believe most workers who would have the opportunity to work from home would spend their time “goofing off.”
According to the study, 11 percent of Americans are currently telecommuting and 16 percent have telecommuted at least once in their lifetime. Fewer than three-quarters (72 percent) said they have never telecommuted before.
It also revealed that 43 percent say telecommuting workers lead a much better work-life balance, but 19 percent said they believe telecommuting could make it worse. Roughly one-third noted that telecommuting doesn’t change the work-life balance at all.
The poll comes as Yahoo recently announced that it would end its policy to permit staff from working from home. Best Buy also decided to rein in its telecommuting staff and end the practice.
The ORC International telephone poll was conducted with 1,000 adult Americans between Mar. 7 and Mar. 10. It contains a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percentage points.
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