With the advancement of technology, the concept of telecommuting is more popular than ever. If you don’t currently have any employees that telecommute, you may want to consider it. There are many benefits of this style of work for both the company and your employees.
What is Telecommuting?
Simply put, telecommuting occurs when an employee works for your organization, but they don’t actually work in your physical office. Instead, they work remotely from home, or they might also work from coffee shops, libraries, or other places with internet access. These employees communicate with other staff via email, telephone, or even online chat. Do these employees ever come into the office? They may. After all, they may need to come to a staff meeting or meet with a customer. However, with technology that allows online meetings, an employee who telecommutes may never need to come in.
According to the 2017 State of Telecommuting in the U.S. Employee Workforce report, almost 4 million people in the U.S. telecommute, about 2.9% of the total workforce and this number continues to increase. The reason for the increase is there are real benefits to both your business and your staff.
The Benefits of Telecommuting
One of the biggest benefits of telecommuting is that your staff has much greater freedom with their working hours and location, allowing them to create a better work/life balance. Better work/life balance leads to happier employees which results in greater productivity and higher morale. Telecommuting can be one of many employee benefits companies offer to gain a competitive advantage. Companies who use telecommuting also have less overhead costs with less people in the office.
Integrating Telecommuting into Your Work Environment
Are you ready to partially or fully integrate telecommuting into your work environment? The most important thing that you should do is to create a telecommuting policy. You must approach telecommuting in a strategic manner, and you should take into account all of the departmental and employee tasks that might be affected by telecommuting employees. Confidentiality is also a concern, as workers who telecommute are less likely to work on a secure Wi-Fi network. This opens the doors to hackers who can then access your company’s network. So, make sure you have online security as part of your policy.
If you want to learn more about telecommuting and integrating it into your work environment, the team at Insight Performance can help. Our human resources experts can show you more about the benefits that you might experience when integrating telecommuting and help get you started. Contact us today to learn more by calling (781) 326-8201 or (781) 326-2631.