Microsoft's 2011 Annual "Work Without Walls" Survey Finds Rise in Companies Offering Remote Working Opportunities

According to a recent Microsoft's 2011 annual "Work Without Walls" survey of more than 4,500 U.S. information workers, in 15 key cities, more than half said their companies have a formal telework policy.The survey also found that Sinclair isn't alone in adopting a more casual dress code when telecommuting; a fifth of respondents in Atlanta, […]

According to a recent Microsoft's 2011 annual "Work Without Walls" survey of more than 4,500 U.S. information workers, in 15 key cities, more than half said their companies have a formal telework policy.

The survey also found that Sinclair isn't alone in adopting a more casual dress code when telecommuting; a fifth of respondents in Atlanta, for example, said they've conducted a business call in their underwear.

This type of remote working -- dubbed "work without walls" -- allows for greater productivity, customer satisfaction and employee satisfaction, said Ron Markezich, cvp of Microsoft's U.S. Enterprise and Partner Group. Remote working technologies enable people to conduct business from anywhere in the world at any time, putting employees in front of their clients and customers, and accelerating the pace at which business results are achieved.

Microsoft products such as Lync, Office 365, SharePoint and Windows Phone have helped build a more productive remote work environment, he said. "Those business collaboration solutions make it easier for teams to work together, with significant cost savings on-premise and in the cloud, and with the best productivity experience across PC, phone and browser," Markezich said.

Here're the top cities in the United States on how well they support working remotely:

  1. Atlanta: 109.07
  2. Dallas: 105.91
  3. Phoenix: 105.06
  4. Seattle: 102.74
  5. Denver: 102.53
  6. Boston: 101.90
  7. Washington, D.C.: 101.48
  8. San Francisco: 101.27
  9. Houston: 100.42
  10. Minneapolis: 98.95
  11. New York: 95.78
  12. Philadelphia: 95.36
  13. Los Angeles: 94.3
  14. Detroit: 92.41
  15. 15. Chicago: 91.98

Reference: 2011 Work Without Walls Survey

[Source: Microsoft Press]