If you’re new to the concept of telecommuting, you’re probably one of those lucky people living and working in some deep, remote forest, enjoying the easy life with elves. If you’re not one of those blessed people, you know about telecommuting. It’s essentially the concept of working from anywhere, over the internet and the phone. Technology has advanced to a point where a person can easily communicate with their employer and co-workers from the comfort of their homes.
Unfortunately, while many companies have started giving their employees the option of working from outside the office, some are still reluctant. They believe that allowing their employees to work from home might compromise their productivity. That’s not always the case. Here are some reasons why you should consider telecommuting:
As stated above, communication is very advanced, thanks to the internet. People can easily work on the same project, communicate with each other, and conduct face-to-face meetings over the internet, all in real time. There’s just no need to come to the office every day, because communication in the office is carried out through internet as well.
Less Time Wasted
Think of how much time your employees spend getting ready for work and commuting. At home, they can simply grab a cup of coffee when they wake up and get straight to work. Your employees won’t have to spend 2 or more hours commuting to work daily. They can use that time to do more productive things.
Less Office Space and Supplies
This directly benefits you and reduces you expenditure. To date, if you needed to hire new people or add a new team, you had to figure out where they would work. Now, you don’t need to. You can simply ask the employees to work from home. This helps you avoid the unnecessary expense of expanding the office and getting new office supplies. You can grow the size of your employee pool without needing to purchase more office space and equipment.
Recruitment Unlimited by Geography
This is one of the biggest advantages of telecommuting. You don’t need to hire people from your city or even your country. For example, if you find this amazing designer that you want for your company, only to find that she lives in UK, you don’t need to convince her to move. All you need to do is to allow her to work remotely. That’s really an extreme example. The fact is, you don’t need to compel talented people to move from one state to another or force yourself to limit recruitment to your city.
Employees will be Less Stressed and More Productive
Employees that work from home are less stressed and more productive. Home is a comfortable environment for them. They don’t have to worry about anything other than getting work done. There will also be better work and life balance as your employees would be spending less time commuting. That means that they’ll have more free time to enjoy.
There are several other reasons why you should allow your employees to telecommute. In fact, you should give it a try. You might like the results.