Tuesday, September 23, 2003

META: Full-Time Telecommuting Has Doubled Since 2000

"META Group, Inc. research indicates that full-time telecommuters (those who have no workplace other than a home office) have doubled in number since 2000. Add to this teleworkers who spend more than 50% of their time working outside an office, and the number becomes staggering. Enterprises that ensure these workers are provided with appropriate tools and support are able to continue business as usual regardless of circumstance.

"Enterprises must establish guidelines for telecommuters traversing the remote site (home office) and for accommodations while within corporate premises. This strategy will ensure business continuity regardless of physical location," said Elizabeth Ussher, vice president with META Group's Technology Research Services. "Teleworkers in many industries (e.g., high tech, finance, sales) have become an integral part of the workforce -- their demands are increasingly seen as legitimate and taken into consideration when crafting an IT strategy."

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