Kenny Colbert, president of The Employers Association, a human resources consulting company headquartered in Charlotte, said the percentage of companies offering some form of telecommuting has been stagnant in recent years.
A survey his firm helped conduct earlier this year found roughly 40 percent of employers in North Carolina allowed telecommuting. The report was based on responses of 384 companies of various sizes. Roughly half were in the Charlotte region.
Colbert said the percentage has been flat in part as some employers find certain jobs cannot be done outside of the workplace. Also, he said, employers have to determine whether offering telecommuting will increase or decrease productivity.
“You have to take a hard look at your workforce,” he said. “Are they more productive at home or are they more productive at work? When you are telecommuting, you sometimes lose the team spirit. You don’t have somebody in the next cubicle to bounce an idea off of.”