Are you a telecommuter, teleworker, iWorker, eWorker, web worker, virtual worker, portable professional? Or more simply, do you work remotely?

The constant improvement in technology is providing more and more opportunities for people to telecommute in their jobs. No longer do the old excuses carry any weight when it comes to connectivity and access to information as we have email, phone, online chats, web cams, teleconference, smart phones, and the list continues to grow.

According to a Reuters poll, approximately one in five workers around the globe, particularly employees in the Middle East, Latin America and Asia, telecommute frequently and nearly 10 percent work from home every day. Unfortunately, the figures for the USA and Europe are much lower.

65 percent of people interviewed think telecommuters are more productive because greater flexibility allowed them to have more control over their work life. Organizations are encouraging their employees to work remotely in a bid to increase productivity, cut costs and improve employees’ motivation by giving them a better work life balance. It also helps keep talented women and mothers in the workforce.

The savings add up too. Telecommuting can save you between $4,000 and $21,000 and 15 to 25 work days a year in travel costs and time.

80% of telecommuters report a better quality of life. Employees who work remotely from home have 25% less stress, they’re up to 20% more productive, and are much more willing to put in extra time on work.

Some of the best places to telecommute are –

5.South Africa

Of course while it all sounds great, for a manager there is a fear of loss of control, and for employees the thought of not seen and forgotten for promotion opportunities. The key is having a good in-person relationship before a telecommuting relationship (a bit like dating before you get engaged!).

And remember… “work is something that you do, not that something that you travel to!”

*graphic by Splashtop