Research shows that work from home jobs are on the rise in Tennessee and other areas of the country. Large companies are saving a lot of money by hiring at home workers and most employees are enjoying the (lack of) commute.
Work From Home Jobs in Tennessee are on the Rise
“Across Tennessee, a new study estimates 489,000 adults worked from home instead of commuting to work last year, two and a half times more than just four years ago. Connected Tennessee, a statewide advocacy group for broadband Internet services, said the number of telecommuting workers could more than double again if broadband connections are improved and more companies allow their employees to work at home.
According to statewide surveys by Connected Tennessee, nearly 1.2 million Tennesseans, or 44 percent of employed Tennesseans, said they would be willing to work at home if given the opportunity by their employers. An additional 586,000 Tennessee adults who do not currently work say they would be willing to do so if they were allowed to telework.”
Connected Tennessee’s study found that a typical Nashville telecommuter saves $2,300 a year in transportation expenses and cuts his or her carbon footprint by 9,500 pounds of carbon dioxide a year by working from home.
“There are clear economic, market and environmental advantages in promoting telecommuting,” Johns said.
Homework PITS and Potential
Working at home is clearly not for everyone. Most jobs require workers to serve customers in hospitality or store settings or to produce products or to raise crops at designated work sites.
BlueCross and other employers promoting telecommuting in Chattanooga also say they screen workers picked for at-home jobs to ensure they are self-starters and work effectively on their own.
Global Workplace Analytics, formerly the Telework Research Network, estimates that less than 2 percent of U.S. employees work from home the majority of the time, excluding self-employed workers.
But the trade group for telecommute workers estimates 40 percent of employees hold jobs that are compatible with telecommuting.
Working at home could reduce the demand for new offices, stores and highway additions. But Global Workplace Analytics estimates the savings would more than offset the reduced demand for new construction.
According to this article by Dave Flessner in the Times Free Press work from home jobs are on the rise in Tennessee and other areas around the country. More workers are willing and able to work from home than ever before. I believe that businesses are slowly realizing that they should at least test out this option and hire more off site workers.