Telecommuters Are More Honest, Survey Says

Via MarketWatch: A new survey shows that the employees who don’t have the boss breathing over their shoulders are actually the most honest.

Sixty-eight percent of employers surveyed by the Ethisphere Institute said they let their employees telecommute on a regular basis. Of those employers, eleven percent said that work-from-homers had committed an ethics violation within the past two years.

But more than a third (36 percent) said that the non-telecommuters had committed a visible violation, and 43 percent committed non-visible violations (i.e. expense account fraud, or another type of issue that the employer wouldn’t have been there to see in the first place).

It may be the employee’s eagerness to maintain telecommuting “privileges” that makes him or her more ethical, Alex Brigham, executive director at the Ethisphere Institute, told MarketWatch. “Working from home is still viewed as a positive privilege because it’s still pretty new,” Brigham said. “In terms of the privilege of working from home, they didn’t want to put it at risk because they didn’t want to get called back into the office.”

On the other hand, we posit, the employees who are given permission to work from home may be more ethical to begin with. In other words, the boss would be less likely to let the company slacker than the hardworking employee have telecommuting privileges.

Either way, bosses, you can relax that your telecommuters aren’t sitting on the couch watching TV.