In 2010, Cisco conducted a worldwide study that found that three out of five workers believe that it is no longer necessary to be in the office to be productive. Furthermore, two thirds of the workers polled said they would take a lower paying job if it meant that they could have more mobility and flexibility. The knowledge revolution has made it possible for many employed individuals to telecommute.
Based on an American Community Survey for 2008, just over 2% of the U.S. employee workforce (2.8 million people, not including the self employed or unpaid volunteers) considers home their primary place of work. This is up from 2.3 million people in 2006. www.teleworkresearchnetwork.com/telecommuting-statistics. While these statistics represent individuals who work from home full time, there is an increasing number who work from home at least one day of the week. There are about 15 to 20 million road warriors who are mobile workers. Another 15 to 20 million people work at home at least part of the time. Of US employers, 42% say they have allowed staff to work remotely this year—up from just 30% in 2007. (WorldatWork 2008 survey of 2,288 U.S. employers)