With advances in technology, an increasing number of small businesses are moving away from a culture where employees commute to the workplace and allowing employees to work from home at least part of the time. For this to happen, companies are working at making internal changes. These include going paperless, which helps businesses to reduce clutter as well as save time and money. Additionally, becoming more environmentally friendly sends a great PR message to clients. For effective telecommuting employees should be equipped with technology that can be used remotely, so that linking to work from home is just a click away.>/p>
Benefits of telecommuting for business owners include:
- Increased productivity: According to the American Telecommuting Association, businesses that shift to telecommuting have a 10-15 percent increase in productivity. With the number of work-from-home employees on the rise this will become a more normal scenario.
- Lower absenteeism/higher retention rates: Telecommuting tends to be associated with happy employees, reducing costly employee turnover. Offering flexibility for workers to work where they prefer helps retain employees and drives a business’s competitive advantage. Two-thirds of employees would take another job to ease the commute.
- Availability to a larger base of qualified employees: by accepting telecommuters, employers are not bound to a single geographic region for their talent pool.
- Attracting more job applicants: 80 percent of employees consider telecommuting a job perk. Offering this benefit is sure to put a company on the top of prospective employees' lists of best companies to work for. These employees are also more likely to stay with the company longer.
- Increased employee empowerment: Remote work forces people to be more independent and self-directed.
- Reducing office space requirements and use of office supplies, resulting in significant cost savings for rent, supplies, and equipment.