Today, businesses have a world of talent within their reach. Remote-working is becoming more common, particularly in the United States. More than 3.6 million Americans work from home at least half the time now, as do millions of other professionals around the world.
Telecommuting seems to be a mixed bag of benefits and problems in the minds of many employers but it doesn’t have to be. If implemented and managed carefully, working from home could offer nothing but benefits for the right people.
We have a lot of experience with telecommuting here at Timesheets.com – many of our employees telecommute and we offer software that makes it easier to manage telecommuters.
Working remotely is on the rise, and for good reason. It’s often cheaper to employee people to work from their homes. Plus it cuts the expense and hassle of setting up a physical workplace. It gives employers a greater pool of employees to choose from, which can be especially important for companies in small towns or unskilled areas of the country. And of course, working from home can be a lot more comfortable for all involved.
Contrary to popular belief, flexibility can actually boost employee productivity, while rigidity and schedules can sometimes lead to disengagement. Showing employees a little bit of trust and freedom can go a long way towards happy employees.
A Dice.com telework report noted that, “More than one-third of technology professionals said they’d cut their salary by up to 10 percent in exchange for telecommuting full-time. What’s remarkable is that even after two years of flattish compensation, technology professionals are willing to sacrifice $7,800 on average to work from home.”