The information on this page was provided by Kate Lister, author of
Undress For Success—The Naked Truth About Making Money at Home (Wiley 2009).
Additional information was taken from the whitepaper:
Results-based Management: The Key to Unlocking Talent and Increasing
Virtual Worker Statistics
Virtual workers are more productive and happier
than traditional workers:
- Virtual workers:
- Best Buy, British Telecom and Dow Chemical found that
virtual workers are 36% - 41% more productive.
- The work-from-home nature of virtual work
absenteeism by $1,134 per employee, every year.
- 79% of traditional workers would prefer to work from home,
61% would take a pay cut to be able to do so.
- Virtual workers get an extra 2-3 work-weeks of free time
in commuting savings, and report they use this time
to spend with family,
friends and for leisure.
- Traditional workers:
Gallup found that 54% of traditional
U.S. workers sleep walk through their
day. An additional 18% are "actively disengaged" (meaning they
actively undermine what an engaged worker accomplishes).
Together, these groups make up a shocking 72% of the
Another poll found that 1 in 3 high-potential traditional
employess do not put full effort into their job.
The Telework Research Network discovered that:
Each traditional employee converted to
a virtual worker for half of their hours
If every person in the U.S. economy
capable of becoming a virtual worker, became one, the
would be (per annum):
- $650 billion in savings to U.S. businesses
- $200 billion in productivity gains
- $190 billion in savings from reduced real estate expenses, electricity, absenteeism and employee turnover
- 100 hours/ person saved (not spent commuting)
- 50 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions cut
- 276 million barrels of oil saved (or roughly 32 percent of the oil imports from the Middle East)
- 1,500 lives saved (not lost in car accidents)
In general, virtual workers help
themselves and their communities by:
- Reducing carbon emissions and slowing global warming
- Reducing foreign oil dependence
- Reducing traffic jams and accidents
- Bolstering pandemic and disaster preparedness