Telecommuting Makes Employees Happy, Why Not Try It?

by Bethany Wright on April 23, 2018

in Employee Engagement,Performance Management

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Recent studies have shown that quality of life can outshine a big pay raise when it comes to job seeking. Many people are giving up extra money to work for a company that allows a flexible workweek and/or the ability to work from home.

There are many reasons for this, but one of my favorite reasons is the reduction of stress. Having a flexible schedule and the ability to work from home has exponentially reduced the amount of stress in my life. Being able to shave off that morning and evening commute, as well as not having to worry about dressing for my day at the office are also things I love about our flexible work environment.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy being in the office with my co-workers. Our office environment is full of smiles and laughter and everyone gets along well. However, some days, it just feels nice to be able to sit quietly in my home office and work alone, in my pajamas, without make-up.

A flexible workplace can also benefit the company. One study showed that when given the opportunity to work from home, productivity of those workers went up. When asked, the employees stated that they felt they could better focus at home with a quieter environment. The same study also showed the rate of turnover for those allowed to work from home dropped significantly from the control group.

Of course, not all businesses are set up to allow this kind of a workforce. In addition, there are some positions, or departments, that need to be in the office every day. For example, a front desk receptionist wouldn’t typically be able to do their job from home. It would be challenging to meet and greet walk-in clients/members/vendors if you were not, in fact, at the front desk of the office.

What I am trying to say is, this option will not work for everyone. But why not at least take a look at the possibility? If you can find a simple, inexpensive way to help improve your employees’ work-life balance, isn’t it worth a shot?

Take a look at your workplace and see if you have some positions you could experiment with. Start small, and if things go well, slowly expand your experiment to other positions. Figure out the kind of supervision remote employees might need and set expectations for performance. Once those things are established, and you have positive results and feedback from your staff, you can keep pushing forward. Then, it could be time to think about rolling out a telecommuting policy across the board.

If you are not sure where to start, give us a call and we can help you!

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