Why Telecommuting Works for Everyone
Due to the amount of interest from our last blog titled, “Don’t Be A Tele-Muter” – a post on how to avoid being the non-responsive telecommuting employee, a lot of people contacted us defending their work from home efficiency and productivity. So here’s a list of benefits on why telecommuting works for employees and employers.
More comfortable environment – who doesn’t love working in their pajamas? But seriously, it’s your home office. You get to design it and set it up exactly the way you want. No more fluorescent overhead lights or shared restrooms with computer engineers. Comfort breeds productivity… just don’t get too comfortable. That’s called sleeping.
Live where you want to Live. Work where you want to work – Gone are the days — or at least less are the days – where people are forced to live where they work. Growing up, I was always so disappointed in adults who had to move to places they didn’t want to for a job. It seemed so…not fun. Now, with online meetings, conference calling, or video conferencing you can make Stockholm a suburb of Denver. Living where you want with the job you want is today’s reality and who wouldn’t love that.
Flex your time – I’ll never forget the time on the day before Thanksgiving as I’m waiting in line at Whole Foods for my turkey and my boss called asking why I wasn’t in the office. Besides getting my turkey, I explained that I had already put in an insane amount of hours leading up to this holiday AND no one was working today anyway. We are all busy and searching for work / life balance. Working from home means you can flex that reclaimed commute time and take your kid to soccer practice. Also, since you’re not around the water cooler wasting half your day, you’re actually more productive. Time for your family and more productive at work? Who would have thunk?
Cut your Gas Bill & Reduce Carbon Emissions – Studies and telework calculators have shown that you can save over $6,000 a year in automobile costs and reduce your greenhouse gas emissions by 1,387 pounds a year!
Benefits for Employers
Recruit the best talent no matter the location – Business used to be limited to the regional talent on hand. Additionally, recruiting was conducted at physical locations like expo halls and job fairs. In some industries geography poses a true competitive advantage. However, now your development team can reside in Belarus, your management team in Topeka, your marketing team in LaJolla, and corporate in Detroit. Online technologies like virtual events and webcasting, which enable virtual job fairs and recruiting, ensures you’re adding the best and brightest in the world — not just the best in your area – to your team. Yes, the world!
Happy Employees – It’s been well documented that telecommuting employees are happier than non-telecommuters. Remote workers are shielded from much of the distracting and stressful aspects of the workplace, such as office politics, interruptions, constant meetings and information overload.
25% had their happiness increase by 28%
73% eat healthier
76% are more willing to spend extra time on work related projects and are more loyal
80% report better work / life balance
Cut Costs of Physical location – Physical locales, especially for a handful of employees are expensive. There’s the basic fixed costs of keeping the lights on, network, phone, taxes, triple nets, etc. Remote employees actually pay for their own space in their home and they benefit from a home office tax break. The company doesn’t have to do more than reimburse some low cost telecom expenses. Talk about a win-win.
Local Representation regardless of your HQ locale – while our business environment has transitioned into a global marketplace, people still like to do business with local partners. Putting your salesforce in region and having them telecomute just makes sense. Companies get to expand their brand and create local trust without the expense of expensive and needless office space.
Different perspectives are good – Like green vegetables, different perspectives are good for you. We, as a people, are at our best when we are able to capitalize on different perspectives. If we are all share the same office locale in one region, our perspectives are all similar and that means stale. Diversify your team with all-stars who all bring their own perspective and thus their own added value to your company.
Organizations should take a serious look at the benefits of allowing workers to telecommute where possible, and invest in remote access online meeting tools and technologies that enable users to work from virtually anywhere. For more information on how to get started with telecommuting and take advantage of our free trial offer, contact Lighthouse Conferencing at 877.234.3433. Follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook to learn more about how video conferencing services can work for you.
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