One of our main "go to" sources for insights and information on distributed work is the Telework Research Network, run by Kate Lister and Tom Hamish. In addition to deep knowledge on the topic, they are also data intensive - much appreciated here at Small Business Labs.
So we were very excited to read through their latest research report - The State of Telework in the U.S. It describes who's teleworking and why they are teleworking. In addition to insights and analysis, the report is full of interesting data.
The key finding is surprisingly few people consider their home their primary workplace. Only 2.9 million employees (2.3% of the workforce) consider their home their primary place of work.
Because a study objective was to understand employer and employee telework patterns, self-employed are excluded from this data.
A much larger group - 24% of employed Americans - do some work from home. But I think this is also surprisingly low.
Given the clear benefits of telework (outlined in the report), these numbers are disappointing in addition to being surprising. So get out there and tell your bosses and employees to telework more:)!