NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- There was a time not too long ago when employers didn't want anything to do with remote work or telecommuting.
Last year, Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer made a big splash with a ban on work-from-home jobs at her company, even though telecommuting was wildly popular with Yahoo staffers.
In an in-house memo last February, here's what Mayer had to say about her decision to curb telecommuting:
To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side. That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices. Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people and impromptu team meetings. Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together.Yahoo wasn't alone. Best Buy also came out last year against work-from-home jobs, banning them from the company. But those firms seem to be outliers. Most U.S. companies are embracing telecommuting jobs, noting they don't lead to a decline in worker production, keep employees happier and more likely to stay on the job and save money on office expenses and help the environment with less cars and trucks on the road. list of the top 100 telecommuting companies, from Flexjobs.com. The numbers show work-from-home trends are way up on a year-to-year basis and that Yahoo and Best Buy are fighting an uphill battle in fighting the work-from-home trend. According to FlexJobs, remote jobs grew by 118% from 2012 to last year, and in some big-name industries and at companies such as Xerox, Aetna and Apple. "The growth in remote jobs since 2007, when I founded FlexJobs, is amazing," says Sara Sutton Fell, chief executive at the remote-jobs placement services company. "I strongly believed that we were tapping into a promising market back then, but it's thrilling to see the increase in both volume and variety of top companies integrating telecommuting options as part of their workplace culture. This year is looking to be another big growth year in terms of remote job opportunities." Sutton Fell sees robust growth in a handful of sectors where remote work is a booming trend (shown in percentage of growth from 2012 to last year) and likely to continue: retail (85.04%); travel and hospitality (68.18%); medical and health (64.16%); insurance (51.78%); and bilingual sales and service (49.43%).