Remote worker About 74percent of working parents are taking advantage of remote workopportunities, compared to 64 percent of their childlesscolleagues.. (Photo: Shutterstock)

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As employers look for news ways to recruit and retain talent ina tight labor market, one option many areconsidering is expanding remote work policies. In the past 3 years,56 percent of companies have expanded remote work options foremployees, according to a recent survey from Robert Half.

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"In an employment market that favors job seekers, businessesneed to provide greater workplace flexibility to attract and retaintop performers," says senior executive director Paul McDonald.

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Related: 10 companies that hire for remote HR and recruitingjobs

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Notably, about 74 percent of working parents are takingadvantage of remote work opportunities, compared to 64 percent oftheir childless colleagues.

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Remote work inforgrpahicSource: Robert Half

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However, not all employee positions lend themselves to remotework, and not all employees are interested in taking advantage ofthe benefit when offered. According to Robert Half, despite theincreases in offerings, just 47 percent of companies offer remotework options, and 70 percent of workers are taking advantage.

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Those opting to stick to the office cite distractions thatimpact productivity (38 percent) and lack of proper equipment (39percent) as their primary reasons."Telecommuting isn't the rightsolution for every person or every job," McDonald notes."Individuals who are offered this perk can set themselves up forsuccess by creating an optimal workspace and keeping in frequenttouch with members of their team."

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is director, content analytics for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.