What do you risk by not offering telecommuting to your employees?
Flexible work solutions, such as teleworking, have gone from a perk at exclusive tech agencies to a must-offer for many industries. Happily for employers and employees alike the benefit of telecommuting is proving to increase productivity while also increasing employee job satisfaction- this is the definition of a win-win, so what is your company waiting for?
The numbers don’t lie and a comprehensive analysis of hundreds of studies carried out by GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com supports that offering such flexibility positively impacts the bottom line. Fortune 500’s such as Dow Chemical, Telecom, Best Buy and others have reported their own internal audits show that teleworkers are 35-40% more productive. American Express found their remote workers produced a whopping 43% more than their office counterparts. Sun Microsystems showed that employees spend approximately 60% of the time they would spend in commute actually working. That would neatly explain AT&T’s finding that at home workers work, on average, 5 more hours per week than in-office.*
Why is this so? There are several obvious and not-so obvious reason. At home employees report that they are able to focus and avoid work-place distractions. In fact, it was found recently that $600 billion dollars are lost every year by American businesses due to work place distractions.*
Consider, additionally, that by offering a telecommuting policy employers are able to expand their talent pool as geography (whether a cross town commute or over seas) ceases to be a significant barrier. Disabled employees are no longer hampered by arranging travel and work-place accommodations. This is a no-brainer, by hiring the best, employers are going to improve their productivity and efficiency.
Technology fosters this new work reality. A sturdy well planned communication solution that includes web, video and phone conferencing as well as chat options for peer to peer communication is absolutely the first step in building your telecommute program. With these tools in place we see efficiency and productivity blossom. Web based meetings are more on-point and better planned than those weekly Monday meetings. Communication chats tend to be more concise and focused than dropping by a co-workers desk in-person. Fortunately technology has been able to keep pace with this increasing demand and there is a plethora of inexpensive, proven solutions to fit any business need.
All of the studies we referenced were performed on companies who had deliberately worked to create a telework process. From policies and procedures to ensuring the right technology was in place, creating a telecommuting culture doesn’t happen spontaneously. The findings, however, leave no doubt that this investment pays for itself many times over with a happier, more productive and ultimately more profitable outcome for your company.
VoiceText is an industry leader in communications and partners with award winning web and video conferencing providers. Our portfolio is expansive enough to solve for any business need, let us help evaluate your circumstance and offer expert analysis of how to create the perfect teleworker environment for your company.