23 Aug Telecommuting

Working remotely, or telecommuting, is a popular concept that is growing rapidly as younger workers enter the workforce. And it’s popular amongst the companies that employ these workers. Why are more companies trending towards allowing their employees to work from home? The answer has a symbiotic nature.

The Benefits of Telecommuting

Remote employees get to enjoy a variety of benefits that ultimately lead to better work/life balance, and employers create a more efficient workforce and decrease operational costs. Statistics show that employees who work from home experience a reduction in distractions, reduced stress, and an increase in overall efficiency. As many as 30% of workers surveyed said they accomplish more work in less time when working from home.

Employers also see major benefits. Not only are their employees more productive and their overhead costs lower since less office space is needed, but companies are more likely to decrease turnover (which saves money) and increase their candidate pool with capable candidates who may live in different regions. Companies that offer remote work are attractive to younger, talented millennials and gen z workers who are digital natives and are therefore used to a digitally oriented lifestyle.

The Challenges of Remote Work

Telecommuting presents its set of challenges, though. Businesses need to alter their typical rhythms and management styles to keep track of digital employees. A business will also need to rethink how to create a positive, inclusive company culture for a group of people who may never meet in real life. Employees have also reported feelings of isolation that hamper growth and development.

Although the fanfare around telecommuting is growing, there is still a need for the physical office. In a survey from Clutch, 83% of remote employees desire some level of time in the office. Physical office spaces can be a great way to combat the previously mentioned isolation, and help employees maintain a connection with the company.

It’s not time to break your lease, but it is time to figure out how to blend remote work and time in office for your full-time employees. Do you telecommute, or is your company considering the practice? Tell us your thoughts on the subject!

Bruce Freides