Study finds telecommuters getting jobbed

Telecommuters piling up work hours as remote access, mobile technologies proliferate

About a third of telecommuters add 5 to 7 hours to their work week vs. those who work only in the office, according to new research from the University of Texas at Austin and University of Iowa.

In fact, most telecommuting hours come after an employee has worked a standard full day in the office, the  research into the U.S. civilian workforce finds.


Telecommuters also cite using technology, particularly email, to work even when sick or on vacation.

"Careful monitoring of this blurred boundary between work and home time and the erosion of 'normal working hours' in many professions can help us understand the expansion of work hours overall among salaried workers," says Jennifer Glass, professor in the Department of Sociology and the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, in a statement. The study is based on analysis of national data sources, including U.S. Census survey numbers.

One surprise  finding: those with authority/status tend to take advantage of telecommuting more than those with dependent children, because the former have more control over their work schedules. Where telecommuting has been adopted by those with kids, it hasn't really helped to reduce work/family conflicts, according to the research.

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