Thanks to the wonderful advent of technology, employers have the ability to hire job seekers from around the globe, and job seekers have the ability to work from the comfort of their home, so long as they have a computer and a reliable Internet connection. Known as telecommuting, instead of commuting to work in the traditional way, technology is the mode of commuting, and it’s a trend that is growing quite rapidly in business.
With the rising trend of telecommuting, many business owners want to know if it is beneficial. In short, yes, it is. If you’re a business owner, take a look at more detailed reasons why telecommuting can help your business flourish.
For some reason there is a stigma attached to telecommuting, and that stigma is that it decreases productivity. Many people have the idea that workers will slack off when they are off site; that they won’t get their job done, and that, of course, can have a huge impact on productivity. However, this idea couldn’t be any more false. Given the fact that employees are more likely to be motivated to work because they are in a comfortable environment, and the fact that they want to retain their telecommuting position, they are very inclined to get their work done. In fact, a study conducted at Stanford University found that people who telecommute full time are 13% more efficient than those who work on site.
Telecommuting allows employees to have a better quality of life. They are able to be involved in their children’s lives, they don’t have to sit in rush hour traffic, they can work from the comfort of their own home and they can work in a way that best suits their needs. An increased quality of life = happier employees.
Yet another benefit of telecommuting is that it leads to fewer turnovers. Again, this relates to the improved quality of life that telecommuting allows for. When employees are happy with work, they are far more likely to stay with a company. Less turnover means greater success for your business and a reduction in costs. Every time an employee leaves a position, you have to invest more money to train a new employee, and that cost can really add up. Not to mention the fact that a high turnover rate also means less productivity for your business.
This is a benefit that is often not thought of, however, it is definitely a huge perk to telecommuting. Since employees don’t have to drive to work, pollution from car exhaust is greatly reduced. Now, if everyone could telecommute, imagine how much fresher the air would be.