Chances are, young people entering the workforce today will find themselves heading into an office. But for people joining the labor force a decade from now, working in an office may seem like a foreign concept.
That’s because telecommuting is growing more popular among employees. According to a poll by Cisco Systems – which, in fairness, makes networking equipment and could benefit from an upswing in telecommuting – 60 percent of Americans think they could be just as productive working from home as they are in the office. And 66 percent would trade their a higher-paying office job for a lower-paying one that let them telecommute.
The proportion of people enthusiastic about telework is even higher abroad. In India, the Economic Times reports, 93 percent of respondents to Cisco’s survey said they don’t need to be in an office to be productive, and 78 percent said they would rather work in a lower-paying telecommuting job than a more lucrative office position.
While telecommuting is nothing new, a broad shift in worker sentiment – and technology like cloud-based email and video-chat services – could make working from home even more prevalent.