Telecommuting Makes Cents

Telecommuting Makes Cents

If a picture’s worth 1000 words, this one says it all. It was prepared by  Citrix Online based on work we did over the last couple years to quantify the benfits of telework. The infographic below summarizes our findings that were included in our recentwhitepaper sponsored by Citrix titled, Workshifting: The Bottom Line (2.3Mb PDF).



  1. Ingrid Brandao Says: June 4, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Would love to include this in a powerpoint presentation we are preparing to convince our employer to agree to letting us work from home 1 day per week. We are 2 small departments that are currently trialing this and we all love it. Is this available in powerpoint format?

    Ingrid Brandao

  2. Tom Harnish Says: June 4, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Your welcome to use the infographic, but it’s not available in a powerpoint format sorry.

    However, the whitepaper we did for Citrix is in landscape format and should work.

    If we can help in any other way let us know.

  3. Barry Dennis Says: October 8, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Some time ago I wrote an article “Cloud Computing, Cloud Commuting and Your New Home Office” in which I researched some of the economic effects of true Work-at-home jobs that are the same as “office” jobs, just done in a different place, with mostly positive effects on the workplace and on the associates who perform the work.
    It is at:

    My savings estimates are fifty percent more than that of Citrix’s White paper estimates, which is all any of us can do; estimate.
    The real point is that Cloud Commuting IS coming; sooner, rather than later. Cisco’s newest partnering with Logitech and others for expanded real-time video further proves the recognition of coming demand.
    Wise corporate planners take note!

  4. Tom Harnish Says: October 8, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    You’re right, Barry, all we can do is estimate. But we tried hard to make our estimates conservative, because wild-eyed breathless estimates don’t help make the case. They only hurt because they leave so many opportunities for criticism and disagreement.

    BTW, 2.3 million times 20 thousand is 46 billion not 46,000,000,000 billion

  5. Mike the telecommuter Says: January 26, 2011 at 1:32 am

    My colleagues and I recently started a telecommuter job board. We aggregate green, teleworkable jobs from all over the web and hand-screen them to weed out biz opps, MLM, network marketing, etc. If anyone has any unique “off the beaten path” sources/websites for finding telework friendly employers please share.

  6. Sandra Chavez Says: April 12, 2011 at 11:43 am


    I love your website. My collegues and I are in the process of working on a work from home proposal and your website has been extremely useful, referred me to your site and I absolutely love the data!

    My collegues and I are physician recruiters (total 4) and we are looking to see if you have any stats on recruiters working from home. My VP is looking for hard stats, # of recruiters working from home. We are proposing to workin from home 2 times/per week.

    Do you have any data? Thanks!

  7. Wendy Eisele Says: January 15, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I am very interested in working from home (I’ve done it in the past with other companies), however my current employer doesn’t seem to embrace the idea for my department. I currently have a 146 mile round trip commute and starting this month tolls to get to work have nearly doubled from $4.90 round trip to $9.90 round trip. I’d love to be able to work at least 2 days per week at home. Any ideas on how to get my employer on board? Loved the information her!


  8. Tom Harnish Says: January 15, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Propose a trial period, say 3 months. Before you propose it, though, think carefully about your responsibilities and pick several very measurable tasks, with clear results. Get manager to agree on the measure of success, but DON’T propose that if you succeed it automatically gives you the right to work from home. Pose it as, ‘let’s both take a look at it, and see how it works.” Also make it clear, that even if you regularly work at home say Wednesday and Thursday, that if something comes up that really requires your presence you’ll come in that day.

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