How many Connecticut workers actually telecommute? Until recently, nobody knew.
So, Telecommute CT! commissioned a statewide survey of employers and employees
to quantify telecommuting in Connecticut and gauge attitudes about it.
- Currently about 7% of Connecticut's 1.668 million workers -- or roughly
117,000 people -- telecommute at least 1 day a month. (The national average
- The percentage of worksites with telecommuters has remained about the same
since 1997, however the number of telecommuters per site has increased substantially.
- Of those who don't currently telecommute, 27% say the kind of work they
do lends itself to telecommuting, and 33% would like to work from home at
least some of the time. In other words, there is plenty of demand for telecommuting
on the part of our state's workforce.
- Only 14% of non-telecommuters say their employers currently permit telecommuting,
which means that employers still need to be convinced of the benefits.
- The biggest drawbacks cited by employers were the inability to hold spur-of-the-moment
meetings and the notion that employees must be on site to serve customers
and perform other important tasks.
- The average Connecticut telecommuter reports to a worksite 25.5 miles away
from home. This means every day spent teleworking at home saves a 51 mile
round trip by car per telecommuter
- With an estimated 117,000 telecommuters in the state, telecommuting provides
a reduction of 37.2 million vehicle miles traveled every month.