4 Reasons Why Baby Boomers Should Consider Telecommuting

Baby Boomers Benefit Most from Telecommuting

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March 22, 2015

As a generation who’s seen more significant technological advances than probably any other in human history — from a television in every household to a smartphone in every hand; from landing on the moon to voyaging onto the World Wide Web — Baby Boomers are, and should be, now beginning to get some mileage from one of the major lifestyle advantages afforded by all these modern tools: working remotely.

Common perceptions of working remotely bring up the image of a tech-savvy twenty-something typing away all alone. But, in actuality, the typical telecommuter is closer to 50 years old and belongs to a company of over 100 employees, according to a New York Times reference to the Census Bureau’s annual statistics.

With an average income of $58,000, remote workers are undeniably contributing to the current workforce — and their own well-being. Here are four reasons why:

Telecommuting Reduces Stress

When your commute involves simply getting out of bed and walking downstairs the daily pressures of setting an extra early alarm, being held up in traffic, and cursing at drivers who cut you off all before you have your morning cup of coffee categorically disappear.

In fact, a recent study found that telecommuting employees see improvement in their stress levels by 82%. Additionally, they experience 80% improvement in morale and 69% improvement in absenteeism.

The combination of these factors all point to greater well-being, and pave the way for a healthier relationship with work.

Telecommuters Tend to Be More Productive

Having the freedom to work in whatever environment breeds the best results is a huge game changer in the arena of productivity. Honing in on a project, undisturbed and in a comfortable setting, can affect work quality as well as efficiency.

Stanford University researchers have found that telecommuting employees are more productive, less likely to quit, and happier overall when compared to their office-working counterparts. Even traditional perceptions about remote working are shifting.

According to a survey by Dell and Intel, more than half of employees globally now believe that their peers who work from home are just as productive, or more productive, than those who work in the office.

Telecommuters Can Travel While Working

For those who don’t have to step foot in an office, working remotely means working wherever you are. Since telecommuters can easily email work from anywhere with a wifi, 3G, or LTE connection, project delivery doesn’t depend on handing in a stack of paper.

Whether you’re driving up the coast or flying to visit the grandkids, working doesn't have to come to a halt. While it’s definitely smart to designate dedicated downtime (especially if you’re traveling for leisure), remote working allows more flexibility as to where and when you choose to work.

Telecommuters Are Able to Spend More Time with Family

Virgin mogul Richard Branson wrote in a recent company blog post, that working from home absolutely allows him to spend more time with his family and that office-bound work will one day be a thing of the past.

According to Branson’s vision of the future, “In 30 years time, as technology moves forward even further, people are going to look back and wonder why offices ever existed.” Branson has a point; Microsoft points to research indicating that the average employee spends almost 200 hours a year traveling to and from work — the equivalent of five extra weeks of work!

Microsoft also suggests that with family and leisure time at a premium for many professionals, remote work is an excellent alternative for gaining more time to spend doing the things you love with those whom you love.

As a valuable part of the workforce, yet no longer Spring chickens, Baby Boomers are wise to seek flexible employment opportunities outside of the office.

Whether looking to reduce stress, feel good about greater productivity, gain more freedom to travel, or spend more time with family, remote work is yet another frontier into which Baby Boomers will foray during their lifetimes.

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