Telecommuting Works Best for Non-Management Employees

August 3, 2006 ( - In a recent survey from OfficeTeam, 43% of respondents said telecommuting is most beneficial for staff-level employees, compared with 18% who said telecommuting is most beneficial for managers.

Additionally, only 11% of survey respondents said telecommuting was most beneficial for executives, according to an OfficeTeam press release.

“Effective management requires plenty of ‘face time’ with employees,” said Diane Domeyer, executive director of OfficeTeam, in the release. “Supervisors should have an open-door policy, and that means being available to staff who need guidance with projects.”

More than half (55%) of the 150 executives surveyed indicated senior executives at their firms rarely telecommute. Twelve percent said their firm’s senior executives never do. Only 28% said senior executives in their firm telecommute somewhat frequently, or very frequently

Domeyer pointed out in the release that it is usually easier for staff-level employees to telecommute since their work can often be performed autonomously.