A survey carried out by Colmar Brunton for MYOB found that 57% of SMEs have employees who work 'mainly away from the office' or 'partly from home and from the office'.
21% of SMEs with employees working remotely most or all of the time enjoyed increased revenue, compared with 17% of those where everyone works on the premises.
And 44% of the 'on premises' SMEs saw a fall in revenue, compared with 30% for those whose staff mostly telework.
Other benefits of teleworking reported include happier employees, reduced travel costs and increased productivity.
Cloud computing - also regarded as a teleworking enabler - was used in just 11% of those businesses. That suggests a significant number of respondents do not regard email as a cloud service.
Teleworking is more common among medium sized businesses (despite being more commonplace among startups than established business), metro-based businesses and younger business operators.
78% of SMEs engaged in business, professional and property services have teleworking staff, compared with 35% in agribusiness, forestry and fishing.
A nationally representative sample of 1005 SMEs was surveyed.
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