Businesses recently have been reevaluating the traditional business models. In the wake of the Great Recession, companies learned how to handle themselves with a smaller workforce. They started moving into smaller offices to save money, only to start wondering what they were going to do once they started growing again. The solution many of these companies have come up with in recent history is telecommuting. Whether it's for a handful of employees, or the majority of the staff telecommutes, there is a major benefit that can be seen for every business. Taking a closer look at the many benefits afforded with telecommuting allows you to see how your company can benefit and may help you to make the switch to utilizing telecommuting in your own office.
Employees tend to stay home even if they're not too sick to work just because they're concerned they're contagious. If you have a policy of allowing or implementing telecommuting in your office you can eliminate the loss of a workday associated with illness or other reasons. Employees can simply work from home, rather than missing an entire day due to illness, or perceived illness. Imagine not having to sit through another lengthy excuse from an employee as to why they were late due to traffic or some other circumstance beyond their control. If they're telecommuting from home, they only need to make the short walk from their bedroom to their home office. There shouldn't be any traffic getting in the way of making it to the computer on time. Since most work is done without the need to speak with clients or to co-workers, it's possible for employees to work in the clothing that makes them comfortable. This means, sick employees can still work even if they're legitimately ill, but at a slightly lower production rate than normal.
Spend Less on Office Rent
A major expense for businesses working out of offices is the size of the office space. You don't need as large of an office space, if you have a portion of your workers telecommuting on a regular basis. Instead of having offices for all of your employees, you can have shared offices your employees can use whenever they need to come into the office to meet with a client or just to have a change of scenery. You can still maintain regular offices for the upper management in the building, but even the major players have to work out of the office every day. Through the use of video conferencing software, VoIP phone lines and cloud-based technology, everyone can still work as if they're in the same office without actually having to be in the same office. Calls are routed to the employees wherever they're at and they can still have face-to-face meetings with employees or clients through video conferencing software, like they would if working out of the office. The only thing you need to work out is how you will have the system work, when employees want to use the offices.
Ditch the Office Politics and Other Distractions
There are so many distractions that exist in a regular office. These distractions can be managed a little better in most homes. Employees can set up a room within the home to use as an office. The door can be closed and you don't have to worry about people stopping in for a conversation simply because they're bored. Many worry that being at home would be an even bigger distraction, but it's the opposite. Take for example office politics. People in the office get so caught up in who is doing what to whom that they can hardly concentrate on what they're supposed to be doing. By separating employees from the gossip and the backstabbing, they can concentrate on their work rather than what's going on in other people's lives.
Decrease Meaningless Busywork
Among the distractions your employees will be able to do without are the meaningless tasks normally lobbed on them by bosses who feel that someone should be working harder. Efficient workers tend to get more done in a day, but there are times when they appear to be sitting around doing nothing. The work lobbed on these employees can drain them of their time as well as their efficiency and cause them to be less productive over time. By removing employees from the sight of overbearing bosses, you don't have to worry about mounds of unnecessary work being loaded on otherwise efficient employees. If a meeting does need to occur, it can be properly planned out and carried out through video conferencing. This way employees get more done and the business makes more money in the long run.