Virtual Offices Use Promotes Lower Stress, Better Work-Life Balance

NEW YORK—In our final review of the new report from Ipsos for Reuters News on telecommuting and its implications for virtual office space, we’re going to take a look on how telecommuting impacts stress levels and work-life balance initiatives, as well as its role in keeping women on board.

First, let’s look at women and telecommuting. A strong majority of employees in 24 countries agree equally (83%; 46% strongly, 47% somewhat) on two assessments of telecommuting:

(1) that it will keep talented women in the workforce instead of leaving temporarily or completely to raise children and
(2) that telecommuters have less stress due to less time spent in getting to their workplace.

From those perspectives, virtual offices can be a bastion for retaining top female talent.

On the stress front, 60 percent survey participants in Russia strongly agree telecommuters have less stress as a result of less time spent getting to work, followed by Turkey (53%), Hungary (51%), Argentina (45%) and Mexico (45%). The Swedes (19%) are least likely to strongly agree, followed by Australia (21%), Great Britain (22%), the United States (24%) and China (25%). It seems people in the U.S. stay stressed out no matter where they work.

Finally, 78 percent that employees who telecommute are better able to achieve balance between work and family. That's a very high number and a very strong case for virtual office space.


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