Who are these telecommuters? And for what kinds of companies do they generally work?
An accurate picture is harder to come by than one might think. The telecommuter stereotype is of a working mom who juggles kids' needs after school and then labors late into the night to finish her work day for a tech company.
“The profile of who makes up the population of telecommuters is somewhat murky because different research entities define the term differently,” says Mr. Gajendran. “Researchers have had to triangulate and combine studies to get a picture they can understand. No one alone sums it all up in a satisfying way.”
A profile by Telework Research Network, an independent research firm that generally backs flexible workplaces, paints the typical telecommuter as a 49-year-old, college-educated, salaried, nonunion employee in a management or professional role, earning $58,000 a year at a company with more than 100 employees.