Despite the 118 percent growth in work-from-home opportunities over the last year, career expert Alexandra Levit finds there are still historical stigmas and myths that surround telecommuting.
“Even though working from home is a more common business practice, pervasive myths and lies about telecommuting still persist,” Levit told FlexJobs. “The bottom line is that telecommuting is more ‘the norm’ now, rather than that weird thing your neighbor does for a living where they get to stay home all day.”
In an article on the FlexJobs job search blog, Levit details the misconceived notions both employers and job seekers have about working from home. Some of the highlights of her five telecommuting lies include:
Lie: Telecommuters are less productive than in-office workers.
Truth: According to most current research, telecommuters are actually more productive than office workers.
Lie: Telecommuters work less or are slackers.
Truth: Telecommuters often work more.
Lie: Telecommuting jobs are limited to computer programming and data entry.
Truth: Nearly every industry has telecommuting jobs available.
Lie: Telecommuters are all introverts.
Truth: Extroverts can make great telecommuters because they’re communicative, and more communication (not less) is required when working from home.
Lie: You’re not already working from home.
Truth: Most professionals work from home at least an hour a day.
Despite these common misconceptions, the research indicates telecommuting is a growing trend and will rise to include 43 percent of U.S. workers by 2016. For more on the five lies, visit: http://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/5-lies-about-telecommuting-and-the-truth/