Nearly two in five employed U.S. online adults work from home at least one day a month, according to new research from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). The Telework and the Technologies Enabling Work Outside Corporate Walls study also shows that most teleworkers plan to spend at least US$925 over the next year on technology products to help them work from home.
Technology plays a central role in making teleworking possible. More than 38 million employed U.S. online adults, or 37% of the total U.S. workforce, work from home at least once a month. Employees say focusing on tasks without disruptions and running a business from home are the top reasons for teleworking. The top benefits include flexible hours, reduced travel time/costs and fewer disruptions/greater productivity. Ninety-eight percent of teleworkers use computer/IT technology (such as PCs or printers), 90% use communication technologies (like cell phones and fax machines), and 75 percent use CE accessories (including surge protectors or laptop docking stations).
CEA says that teleworking also represents a significant market opportunity for the consumer electronics industry. More than half (53%) of today's teleworkers plan to spend an average of $925 over the next year on technology products, creating a market opportunity of nearly $19 billion for the CE industry. According to the CEA study, teleworkers are often purchasing their own technology equipment required to work from home. Only a third (34%) have access to an employer-provided computer or other IT technology at home and less than a third (31%) have access to an employer-provided communication device, such as a phone or fax machine.
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