GovBytes: Atlanta Ranked Most Telework-Friendly City

According to recent Microsoft report Work Without Walls, Atlanta is the most telework-friendly city in America. Organizations are increasingly giving workers the option of teleworking, but employees in Atlanta teleworked five days a month on average. That’s one more day a month than the national average. Dallas, Phoenix, Seattle, and Denver also topped the list for supporting telework. The rankings are based on a survey of 4,500 IT workers in 15 cities across the U.S. More than half the employees surveyed reported that their company had a telework policy.

“Telework is no longer a company perk for employees, but a business imperative,” Ron Markezich, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s U.S. Enterprise and Partner Group, said in a statement. “Ten years ago, it was seen more as an employee benefit. Today, businesses around the world are seeing telework as a necessity.”

Atlanta Tops Microsoft Telework Survey

Does your organization allow employees to telework? If so, do you think teleworking has improved productivity and/or employee satisfaction?


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Andrew Krzmarzick

…would love to see the results of a survey of government folks in ATL. For instance, what’s happening at CDC and a couple of the other agencies with a major presence there?

Plus, I’d want to telework in Atlanta just for the sheer fact that their drivers are crazy! 🙂

Eric Erickson

I work in Atlanta for the IRS – which has a large presence here as our largest division is headquartered downtown Atlanta. Many people in this building telework on a regular basis – I do it at least once a week, sometimes more. For me, working from home definitely improves my quality of life if for no other reason than it allows me to get 30 more minutes of sleep! It’s also nice not to have to finagle my schedule to be at home for the cable guy or a delivery. As far as fighting traffic, I live super close to downtown ATL, so the commute isn’t an issue.

Most of my friends here in ATL also work from home on a regular basis, so this survey doesn’t surprise me at all.