According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average American has a 25.4-minute commute to work. This is 50.8 minutes a day, 4 hours and 14 minutes a week, almost 17 hours a month and over eight days a year spent going to and from work. That's a lot of over-hyped morning radio, cursing at traffic and time spent reconsidering your career choice. However, the days of the long commute might soon die out as more careers allow employees to telecommute via a VoIP headset and UC service.

In some areas of the U.S., the average commute is more than an hour. If you hit every green light, you might get to work a little bit faster, but it doesn't take much to double your daily commute. A small accident. Some road construction. Co-workers late to pick you up for the carpool. Imagine having those 50.8 minutes back each day. With VoIP telecommuting, your average commute can go from 25.4 minutes to 2.54 seconds   from your kitchen to your home desk or office.



A study by the American Society of Civil Engineers suggests that at least 40% of the population can work at least part-time from their home. As more businesses increase their online presence, the majority of the work isn't limited to the location of your business. This is because telecommuting shifts the concept of "work" as something you do instead of a place that you commute to every weekday. This is especially the case with knowledge workers where most of the work is in the creation, analysis, collection and dispersion of information   software engineers, architects, scientists, technical writers, editors, accountants, lawyers, educators and more.

With VoIP headsets and unified communication services like Microsoft Lync, Avaya, Cisco and more, you can communicate with coworkers, employees and managers from the comfort of your home or coffee shop. According to the study "How We Work: Communication Trends of Business Professionals," 90% of knowledge workers work off-site at least some of the time, with 27% spending at least a quarter of the time telecommuting from home. In addition, the study suggests that conferencing via VoIP calling has increased 69% since 2005.

There are more advantages with telecommuting than being able to work in your sweatpants. Telecommuting takes cars off the road during the morning and afternoon rush hours. This decreases air pollution and other negative environmental effects while saving money you'd otherwise spend on gas. In addition, working from home removes the distraction of office chatter and clock watching because telecommuting emphasizes the work instead of the hours worked.

Businesses also have an incentive for workers to telecommute via a USB headset through a UC service. The more employees that telecommute, the less a business has to spend on office resources. This can result in downsizing office space, decreasing the use of internet bandwidth and reducing overall energy usage. In addition, telecommuting allows companies to expand the reach of their hiring capabilities, making it easier for companies to become more global.

Of course, VoIP telecommuting is not without its faults. For starters, not everybody wants to work from home. Many people prefer to separate their work life from their home life. Likewise, many people aren't sufficiently self-motivated to work without some type of supervision. In addition, it can hinder the opportunity for employees to develop face-to-face chemistry with each other.

With a good VoIP headset and a UC service like Lync, you can ditch your daily commute, save money and help the environment, all in the comfort of your home.

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