Telework fosters productivity, study says

A recent Staples survey said 76 percent of teleworkers put in more hours because of the arrangement, writes Laura Vanderkam on her “Life at Work” blog on

In addition, 80 percent of teleworkers surveyed reported an improved work-life balance which can be caused largely to having no commute, the article said.

Along the same lines, a Brigham Young University study of IBM workers found that when people teleworked and set their own hours they were able to work about 57 hours per week, as opposed to just 38 hours per week when commuting to the office, writes Vanderkam.

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Reader comments

Mon, Aug 1, 2011 Dave

IT Director: If your teleworkers are working "overtime," they should be putting that on their timecards. If you don't approve, they need to stop!

Fri, Jul 29, 2011 Gov't dude

Federal government employees are not allowed to work for free. They can't work for more than the hours that they are compensated for.

Fri, Jul 22, 2011 SOTE Contractor Federal Agency and home and vacation

Staff are supposed to work anytime, all the time for the greater glory of their boss' good review. Don't worry, Management knows what is best for all of us.

Fri, Jul 22, 2011 IT Director Florida

Telework is all fine for Exempt employees but to have hourly staff telework and work 57 hours instead of 38 is all fine and well but what about the lawyer that files suit for not paying overtime? While I am all for telework I do not feel it fits all office positions

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