Staples Advantage survey: More telecommuting has employees yelling, ‘Yahoo!’

A recent survey from Staples Inc. seems to have a suggestion for Marissa Mayer, the Yahoo CEO who wants to repeal the company’s policy on telecommuting: Keep letting employees work from home.

File photo of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer.)

Telecommuting makes for happier and more productive employees, partly by lowering stress, concludes a survey of employers and employees by Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Framingham-based Staples.

If the survey is any guide, employees are huge fans of telecommuting, with 93 percent of respondents giving telecommuting a thumbs-up.

And that’s not all; even many employers are on board, with 53 percent of business decision makers saying that telecommuting leads to more productive employees, Staples Advantage said in a press release.


Needless to say, telecommuting is a potential boon for Staples. More people working at home, presumably, translates into more demand for the kinds of products that line the shelves of Staples stores.

“Telecommuting can help achieve balance between workplace demands and life obligations, but being successful isn’t as simple as just sending employees home with their laptops,’’ Tom Heisroth, senior vice president for Staples Advantage, said in a statement. “At Staples, we make it easy for businesses to set up telecommuting programs with everything employees need to be productive, including furniture, technology, and office products.’’

To reach its conclusions about telecommuting, Staples conducted an online survey of 150 business decision makers and 150 telecommuters at organizations of all sizes across the US.

(A Business Updates observation: If telecommuting is on the rise, why were so many locals mushing their way to work this morning in the teeth of a big storm?)

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