If you don’t have a telecommuting job already, talk with your employer. Working from home has some health and occupational benefits for both you and your boss. 1 in 10 American workers works from home at least one day per week. While the U.S. workforce has only grown 3% since 2005, the number of telecommuters has jumped 66%. And with half of the U.S. workforce (64 million employees) telecommuting part time, what would change about our world? With 86% of U.S. workers driving to work every day, the average employee working half the time from home would save up to 109 hours of commute time per person per year. It’s better for the environment, too. If half of the American workforce telecommuted half the time, we’d save one-third of our nation’s yearly Persian Gulf oil imports.
Telecommuting can slash gas costs and car insurance costs, as well. In California, commuters pay 8.4% more in car insurance than their non-commuting counterparts. And people who commute have other largesses, as well: higher BMIs, larger waist lines, higher blood pressure, and increased stress levels. Employees that telecommute report being much happier with their efforts toward a work-life balance. When switching from working in an office to working at home, the average employee says their stress is decreased by one-fourth. And 75% say they eat healthier when working from home. Average productivity increases 10-20% when workers are allowed to telecommute, and people report being generally happier with their jobs and lives. Telecommuting could keep people happier, healthier, and more efficient.