Telecommuter Appreciation Week

Telecommuter Appreciation Week is observed during the week of Alexander Graham Bell’s birthday and encourages people to work from home while staying connected with their office using the telephone. This practice, known as telecommuting, is a way for a homeworker to stay in contact with their office through phone, email, or other electronic means.

According to the latest research, telecommuting offers a number of benefits to both the employee and the employer, which we’ll cover below. In our minds, that means more people should take the time to observe this week and telecommute from the comfort of their home offices.

The History of Telecommuter Appreciation Week

This week was first created by the American Telecommuting Association in Washington, DC, in 1993. The organization created this week to help raise the public profile of telecommuting. Evidently, this tactic has worked, as the U.S. is now the world leader in the number of people working from home.

Facts About Telecommuting

Now, we’re going to go over some facts about telecommuting that we think everyone will appreciate. We’ve listed these facts below for everyone to enjoy while they’re working from their home office.

  • Telecommuters report lower stress levels than office workers.
  • Eight out of ten telecommuters have reported high morale.
  • Full-time telecommuters save over $4,200 per year.
  • Employers who offer at least part-time telecommuting save over $44 billion a year.
  • Over half of all telecommuting employees are female.
  • Employees are more likely to be loyal to their employer if they’re offered flexible work options.
  • Employers have 50% less turnover when they give employees the option to work from home.
  • Over half of telecommuters have at least a bachelor’s degree.

Observing Telecommuter Appreciation Week

The perfect way for someone to celebrate this week is by taking the opportunity to telecommute from home. The second-best way is to join the American Telecommuting Association. The U.S. government also published an online guide that people can use to learn more about telecommuting. On social media, people can use the hashtag #TelecommuterAppreciationWeek to spread the word about it online.

When is it?
This year (2024)
February 26 Monday
Next year (2025)
March 3 Monday
Last year (2023)
February 27 Monday
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