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Denver is the No. 4 U.S. medium- or large-sized city for telecommuting, according to a survey of 3,600 workers in 36 markets.
The survey, commissioned by Microsoft Corp. but performed by an outside market research company, examined urban areas based on factors including: the percentage of workers who say their jobs can be done from outside the office; the percentage of companies with formal work-from-home policies; the extent of support from bosses for working from home, as gauged by workers; and the extent of technological support provided by employers to enable working from home.
Among the report’s findings:
    •    Most respondents said they were more productive when working from home.
    •    The top complaint listed was the lack of face-to-face interaction with colleagues.
    •    Fewer than half of the companies surveyed had telecommuting policies.
    •    Within those companies that did have such policies, a little more than a third of workers took advantage of the opportunity. Those workers listed achieving work/home balance, saving on gasoline and avoiding long commutes as their top reasons for telecommuting.

As for where they did work outside the office, many employees listed family vacation spots as a top choice. About a quarter of telecommuting workers said they set up operation in coffee shops. Some 10 percent worked from doctors’ offices. And most comical, 9 percent worked from bathrooms.
The increase in telecommuting is being driven by the economy and by technology, Marty Cassidy, a Microsoft executive, said in an interview.
Workers and companies have cooled on relocating staff due to the cost, he said.
And while telecommuters used to be hampered by the inability to just drop into colleagues' offices, that's less and less of a problem, he added. "Collaboration, when you're remote, is much more as if you were physically present," he said. For instance, staffers logged into some systems from home can easily see who is at available for a instant message chat and who is not.
Boston was named as the top telecommuting city, followed by:
    •    Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
    •    Atlanta
    •    Denver
    •    Kansas City, Mo.
    •    Richmond, Va.
    •    Austin, Texas
    •    New York
    •    Sacramento, Calif.
    •    Portland, Ore.

The survey, which was done by 7th Sense Research, targeted people who work full-time for employers other than themselves.
 

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