Making the Case For Telecommuting
Studies conducted by the Telework Research Network show that there has been a dramatic increase in telecommuting. In many cases, this increase has also resulted in greater productivity, less employee turnover and an increase in worker satisfaction. More employers are starting to see telecommuting as a win/win situation for them and for their employees. So exactly what do you need to know about how to negotiate working from home? Here are a few things that can be mentioned during the discussion:
Increased productivity - employees who are very productive in the office may find they are more productive when they work at home. Generally, this is because they can focus without many distractions in the workplace.
Decreased absences - weather and child related absences typically will decrease for those who telecommute. The reasons behind this are not hard to understand, if a blizzard strikes overnight, a telecommuter does not have to go to the office, they can simply begin their work without the worry of traveling.
Increased communication - one of the most interesting aspects of telecommuting is it often results in increased communication. The reasons behind this may not be that easy to determine but one reason could be that the telecommuter tends to feel more isolated, resulting in them reaching out to their peers more frequently.
Decreased office expenses - as more companies are searching for ways to eliminate expenses, telecommuting can save money. The fewer employees who work in the office, the smaller the facility needs to be. This can save most companies a great deal of money. Combine this with lower turnover (as a result of greater satisfaction) and the savings could be quite significant.