This interesting article examines whether telecommuting is a boon or a curse to the office furniture industry. According to a survey by Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples Inc., employees who telecommute are happier and more likely to stay with their current employers. 86% of telecommuters interviewed have reported to be more productive and less stressed out from their home office. 76% are willing to clock in more time working from home if they just eliminated the trek to work, while 80% reported a healthier work-life balance. This telecommuting trend is expected to continue to grow.
According to 2009 report by Forrester Research Inc., 63 million telecommuters will be working from home in the US alone by 2016. However, according to this article’s author, all is not gloomy for the office furniture industry. For starters, there is definitely a need for ergonomic home office furniture. Simple work tools like finding the perfect chair to maximizing a small office space with desk and drawer organizers make a world of difference. Add the right technology solutions to the mix, like email, IT security training and data backup, corporations can save a lot of money by letting their employees telecommute instead. The office furniture industry needs to understand how they can better cater to this new work trend.
Source: Rob Kirkbride. The Monday Morning Quarterback; July 25-31, 2011 By subscription only