Telework and the Office Today: The Top 5 Reasons It Just Makes Sense.
In the business world today, rapid advancements in communications technologies make it possible more than ever for employees in compatible jobs, to telework. In coffee shops, on the street, on planes, trains and in automobiles – virtually everywhere, people are using smart phones, tablets, laptops and other devices to conduct work-related tasks. Otherwise known as telecommuting, workshifting, remote work and the virtual office, telework is generally characterized as work that is carried out and away from, a centralized office environment. Simply put, telework is “work independent of location” (Global Workplace Analytics). Private, public and third sector business and organizations are using telework locally and globally to achieve one or more of the following benefits: work/life balance, green their office, reduce traffic congestion, strengthen communities and save money.
One of the major misconceptions about telework is that once employees are out of sight, they will slack off—big time. Nothing could be further from the truth, though. Case in point: The video cites one Stanford study that showed that call center employees actually increased their productivity by 13% when allowed to work from home. And another study from University of Texas, Austin showed that telecommuters worked 5-7 hours more than their in-office counterparts.
When employees are unhappy with their commutes, they might be more apt to call in sick—or look for another position that will allow them to work remotely and subsequently quit. Lost productivity can cost a company thousands of dollars—and that number can skyrocket when the employee actually does resign. Employees who are given the option to telecommute are reportedly much happier (73%) with their employers and their ability to telecommute than traditional office workers (64%). Being happier in their jobs means that employees are much more likely to stay in their positions, which saves a company a lot of money in the long run.
Let’s say that you’re caring for aging parents, and you need to take them for frequent doctors’ visits. By being able to work from home—and have a better work life balance—employees become happier and feel valued. In turn, that happiness turns into gratitude, causing employees to become more invested in the companies they work for—and work harder. In fact, a study from Pennsylvania State University shows that telecommuters are generally less stressed and happier than those who work in an office.
The vast majority of employees drive in to work each day. All that pollution can (and does) take a huge toll on the environment. A recent study conducted by the Consumer Electronics Association found that telecommuting saves enough energy to power one million homes in the United States for an entire year! In that way, both companies—and their workers—can greatly reduce their carbon footprint when employees work from home.
If you thought that only employees benefit financially from working from home, think again. Sure, employees will avoid added expenses that come with working in an office (such as commuting costs, or having to buy office attire and daily lunches), but employers save big bucks as well. It’s estimated that for each employee who telecommutes, a company saves about $11,000 annually.
With its numerous benefits, more and more companies are allowing their employees to work remotely. Not only does telecommuting greatly benefit the environment, but it strengthens a company financially and creates a more invested, cohesive—and most importantly, happy—workforce.
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