Working From Home Benefits Employers As Much As Employees
Many employees, tired of long commutes and eager to spend more time with their families, have celebrated the growth of E-commuting as a victory for workers everywhere -- and this is true! But as business owners and organizational leaders have recognized, this new way of getting things done can also benefit employers just as much as the people they employ. Here are six reasons why:
1. Increased Productivity.
Allowing people to work during their own schedule and on their own terms generally helps those employees make the most out of each hour they dedicate to their profession. So don't be surprised if you see a spike an employee productivity after implementing a work from home policy. As this Forbes article reports, for example, 77 percent of remote workers get more done in fewer hours!
2. Employee Satisfaction.
Working in your pajamas, having lunch with the kids, and enjoying enough flexibility to grocery shop at your own convenience are all important perks that can make for a significant lifestyle improvement. And happier employees are great news for management. Not only are satisfied employees more productive, they are also less likely to leave -- and this means reduced training costs and increased expertise in your workforce.
3. Employee Earnings.
Another reason why many work-from-home employees are more satisfied than their more traditional work-from-work counterparts? Simple economics. From an employee’s standpoint, working at home is generally a lot cheaper than working from the office. Rolling out of bed and opening your laptop does not require putting gasoline in the tank, buying a subway pass, or taking a taxi, for example. It doesn’t entail maintaining a diverse professional wardrobe, handling wear and tear on your vehicle, or eating lunch downtown, either. And employees who have remote offices may even be eligible for some attractive tax deductions, as well! The bottom line is that, in many cases, allowing your employees to work from home can be just as good as giving them a raise, but without adding a single cent to your payroll.
4. Fewer Office Costs.
Fewer in-office employees means reduced need for square footage -- you may be able to rent a smaller office space at a more attractive price. Even if you aren’t able to institute such dramatic changes, however, a work-from-home policy can still save you money. For example, allowing employees to work from home on Fridays can still result in some serious savings in terms of electricity bills, office supplies, snacks, etc.
5. Work from Home Yourself.
If you are getting jealous of the increased earnings, additional free time, and boosted productivity your work-from-home employees will enjoy, keep in mind that managing a remote workforce can be done...well, remotely!
6. Easier than Ever Before!
Those coordinating teamwork at a distance was once a significant logistical challenge, new tools such as UC One by Epik Networks has made integrated collaboration a breeze. Visit us online today to learn more about how this cutting-edge technology can benefit you and your workforce!