Four out of five companies offer telecommuting options to employees, and only 2.9 percent of those companies are considering taking those options away, according to a survey by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas Inc.

Of 120 human resources executives polled, 40 percent said they currently offer telecommuting options to some employees, 31.1 percent allow employees to work from home some days on a case-by-case basis, and 8.9 percent offer telecommuting to all employees. 

The best reason for offering telecommuting, say 32 percent of those surveyed, is to offer workers a better work-life balance. Another 30 percent say the best reason is to increase productivity by allowing workers to work from anywhere. 

Of those who were considering dropping telecommuting altogether, 42.9 percent said it led to a decline in collaboration.