How to beat the 'working at home, feeling left out' blues

Telecommuting has gotten easier over the years, with new technologies continuously emerging to keep employees connected with each other, clients and the home office

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These days, it seems like there are two kinds of employees -- those who work from home at least part of the time and those who want to.

According to consultancy Global Workplace Analytics, 3.7 million employees (2.8 percent of the U.S. workforce) currently work from home at least half the time, but a whopping 80 percent to 90 percent say they would like to.

When you throw freelancers and other virtual workers into the mix, the percentage shoots up to 46 percent, according to the Society for Human Resources Management. And in a survey at the Global Leadership Summit in London, over a third (34 percent) of business leaders said more than half their company's full-time workforce will be working remotely by 2020.

On the flip side, in a study by Ernst & Young, a lack of workplace flexibility was cited as a top factor for quitting a job among 66 percent of Millennial-age respondents. In fact, Millennials cited work flexibility as a top job attribute, just after competitive pay and benefits.

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