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Cisco survey finds telecommuting increases productivity, work-life flexibility and job satisfaction

Cisco Systems Inc. recently announced the findings of its Teleworker Survey, an in-depth study of almost 2,000 comp...


June 30, 2009  


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Cisco Systems Inc. recently announced the findings of its Teleworker Survey, an in-depth study of almost 2,000 company employees.

 

The study, conducted to evaluate the social, economic and environmental impacts associated with telecommuting at Cisco, revealed that a majority of respondents experienced a significant increase in work-life flexibility, productivity and overall satisfaction as a result of their ability to work remotely.

 

As the modern workforce continues to evolve and globalize, more companies are evaluating a telecommuting strategy to save costs and lower carbon emissions as well as to retain top talent, Cisco said in a statement. It added that for these companies, the survey highlights the gains that a sound telecommuting strategy provides for employees and employers alike.

 

The survey notes that Cisco’s Internet Business Services Group, the company’s global strategic consulting arm,  has generated an estimated annual savings of US$277 million in productivity by allowing employees to telecommute and telework.

 

The survey also found that:

 

* Cisco employees spend about 63% of their time communicating and collaborating.

 

* 40% say they are not located in the same city as their manager.

 

* The average Cisco employee now telecommutes two days per week.

 

* 60% of the time saved by telecommuting is spent working and 40% is spent on personal time.

 

Cisco conducted the survey in late 2008 to evaluate a number of telecommuting topics, including commuting patterns, technology barriers, work quality and productivity, environmental impacts, and advantages and disadvantages of the flexible lifestyle, as well as overall employee satisfaction.

 

1,992 Cisco employees across five regions (Asia Pacific, emerging markets, European markets, Japan and U.S./Canada) participated.