Over the past two decades, as the Internet and communications technology evolved, work-from-home arrangements continued to become more and more common. Telecommuting has allowed talented workers to obtain positions that they may not have been able to obtain previously due to location constraints, family considerations, or health or physical limitations.
Not only has telecommuting opened up positions to workers in larger radii and promoted diversity in the workplace, it has also reduced costs for employers and employees alike. According to data published by Global Workplace Analytics, roughly 50% of workers have jobs that could be performed remotely, and nearly 80% of workers say they’d be interested in telecommuting.
If employers allowed these workers — those who could telecommute and want to — to work from home for just half of the time, the resulting economic benefit would be more than $700 billion annually. This $700 billion would come in the form of savings on overhead costs, monetary benefits from increases in productivity, and savings from decreased absenteeism rates.
Have you ever thought about working from home?
For the second year in a row, job search database FlexJobs released its list of the best companies with which to find remote work. The list is based on an analysis of the job posting histories of more than 30,000 companies, and the companies on this list are expected to offer the most work-from-home opportunities during 2015. Check the companies on the following page.
FlexJob’s top 20 companies to watch for remote jobs with in 2015
- Sutherland Global Services
- Kelly Services (second year on list)
- Kaplan (second year on list)
- First Data (second year on list)
- IBM (second year on list)
- SAP (second year on list)
- Westat (second year on list)
- UnitedHealth Group (second year on list)
- Dell (second year on list)
- Working Solutions
- Xerox (second year on list)
- PAREXEL (second year on list)
- Aetna (second year on list)
- Humana (second year on list)
- VMware (second year on list)
These companies offer a variety of positions ranging from customer service to health care to IT. And most of these companies are not ones that no one has ever heard of — we’re seeing more and more companies that are household names offering telecommuting options.
“The positive impact remote work options can have on a company’s bottom line and culture is increasingly being acknowledged by smart employers. The organizations on this list are among those leading the charge to show that remote work options are a part of successful 21st century workplaces,” said Sara Sutton Fell, founder and CEO of FlexJobs, in a press release. This list “also is intended to guide job-seekers in their quest to find legitimate work with trusted companies that have a successful track record recruiting and hiring telecommuters.”
For those who are looking for a work-from-home opportunity, you can use this list as a starting point to see what’s out there.
If the top 20 didn’t pique your interest, don’t fret; there are many more opportunities available. These jobs also made the FlexJob’s list of the best companies to find work-from-home opportunities: