The Baltimore Business Journal made a shocking claim. It says that employees’ reluctance to telecommute costs them a lot of time and money.
They gleaned this information from the 2005/2006 National Technology Readiness Survey.
Of the survey respondents, 25% had employers that supported telecommuting or jobs that were conducive to telecommuting, but only 11% actually took advantage of telecommuting.
If the folks that could telecommute managed to do it once or twice a week, they would save a collective $3.9 billion in gas alone. This number doesn’t count wear and tear on the roads or pollution.
The median commute found in the study was 10 miles and 20 minutes each way.
The survey was prepared by Rockbridge Associates and sponsored by the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.