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Telecommuting was most likely among highly educated workers and those with the highest incomes.

Employer policies about family-friendly benefits can make a crucial difference in meeting the needs of workers and their families.  Workers who telecommute generally have more flexibility in scheduling their professional and family responsibilities.

  • King County workers most likely to participate in employer-sponsored telecommute programs were those with the highest incomes and highest levels of formal education.
  • While union members were less likely to telecommute than non-union members, this difference was likely due to the types of work amenable to telecommuting.  For example, 29% of respondents doing “computer and mathematical” work  telecommuted (data not shown).