Connect Minnesota Releases Teleworking Report
Report indicates productivity increases 20-25% for companies that allow telework
St. Paul, MN (PRWEB) June 14, 2012
Connect Minnesota released today a new report on teleworking in Minnesota that shows the state is among leaders in teleworking as 22% of Minnesotans telework.
The report, Minnesota’s Telework-Force, was originally developed as a part of the Connect Minnesota 2011 Residential Technology and Business Technology Assessments, which examined teleworking in Minnesota.
In Minnesota, teleworking has the biggest impact in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. In a year, the average commuter in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area spends 225 hours, or 9 days, traveling to and from work. A reduction of this time spent traveling can make a major difference in an employee’s personal life. Teleworking can also help Minnesota workers save money. By spending less time driving, they spend less money on gas and reduce costs associated with vehicle maintenance. All the while, teleworkers can maintain a better balance between their home and work lives.
“The results of our report show that availability and adoption of high-speed broadband has wide-ranging economic and social impacts on how Minnesotans work and live,” said William Hoffman, state program manager for Connect Minnesota. “As we continue to see providers expand their service areas to employers and employees, I believe we will continue to see telework levels increase across the state.”
In addition to the benefits employees have, Minnesota employers that allow their employees to telework have a greater opportunity to recruit new staff and stimulate productivity. As a matter of fact, businesses report productivity growth of 20-25% by allowing employees to telework.
Among the findings from this report:
- Approximately 570,000 Minnesotans, or 22% of the workforce in the state, telework. That represents a larger share of employees than any other state surveyed by Connected Nation.
- Nearly one-quarter of Minnesota teleworkers (23%) say they telework every day, rather than commute to and from work. On average, Minnesota teleworkers say they work from home 1.6 days per week (or 80 days per year).
- The average teleworker in Minnesota saves approximately 1,934 miles per year on their commute, the equivalent of a road trip from Minneapolis to Los Angeles each year.
- Each teleworker saves an average of $343.16 on car maintenance and prevents 1,411 pounds of CO2 emissions entering the atmosphere. Across the state, this equals nearly $196 million saved and 804 million fewer pounds of CO2 emissions each year as a result of teleworking.
- Approximately 695,000 employed Minnesotans would telework if their employer allowed it, and 157,000 Minnesotans who are currently unemployed said they would be interested in working if telework was an option.
- More than 4 out of 10 Minnesota businesses with 50 or more employees (43%) allow employees to work from home.
- Nearly one-half of Minnesota businesses in the Financial and Professional Services sector (48%) report that they allow their employees to telework. Statewide, even though less than one-quarter of Minnesotans who are employed telework, three out of ten businesses (30%) report that they allow teleworking.
About Connect Minnesota: As a public-private partnership, Connect Minnesota partners with technology-minded businesses, government entities and universities to accelerate technology in the Minnesota. The work of Connect Minnesota is made possible by support from the Minnesota Department of Commerce. For more information about what Connect Minnesota is doing to accelerate technology in Minnesota’s communities, visit http://www.connectmn.org.
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