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How Telecommuting Saves Employers Money

April 25, 2016  |   Employee Benefits,Uncategorized   |     |   Comments Off on How Telecommuting Saves Employers Money

CompensationWhen allowing telecommuting, employers benefit by saving money and by increasing productivity. Money is saved via reductions in overhead, fewer employee absences, and reduced turnover (due to higher employee morale and greater work flexibility).

Productivity is increased as well; eliminating commuting time often results in employees working more hours from home. Some employees also make it a point to be more productive in order to prove they’re meeting all the expectations of the job — and to ensure they don’t lose out on the coveted benefit of telecommuting.

Telecommuting Trends

Here are some of the trends we’ve seen in telecommuting in recent years:

• Employees are increasingly willing to sacrifice other perks to be able to telecommute.

• Telecommuting is becoming more common in fields it was previously not associated with, such as science and engineering.

• Employers are increasingly offering occasional telecommuting options for employees who previously were expected to be on the worksite full-time. Telecommuting even one day per week is seen as a good benefit and can be a recruiting tool.

• Many employers are embracing telecommuting as a way to show their commitment to improving the environment. (Telecommuting means fewer cars on the road and, thus, less pollution. It also means less electricity used at the office — especially if some offices are no longer necessary.)

• Employers that embrace telecommuting are focusing more and more on technology:

First, technology enables telecommuting.

* Reliable, fast home Internet connections allow employees to stay connected.

* Good virtual private network (VPN) software allows employees to access secure employer networks.

* Teleconferencing and video conferencing programs keep geographically separated teams in constant communication.

* Advancing mobile technology means that work can be done even from phones — further expanding the areas where telecommuting can occur.

Second, but no less important, employers must prioritize data security and new technologies that ensure it — no small feat with a dispersed workforce. Unsecured devices and wireless networks must be effectively managed.

• Telecommuting is increasingly being used as part of an employer’s emergency response plan. When employees are enabled (and set up) to work from home, often some operations can continue even if external events (such as severe storms) keep employees from coming into the office.

• Shared or community workspaces are becoming more and more popular. They’ve been around for years, but as telecommuting grows, so does the need for workspaces where telecommuters can get the missing social interactions that an office used to provide. This is especially true for those who telecommute full-time and miss the social aspects of work.

• In less than a decade, telecommuting has moved from a perk that was rare to one that is common.

Contact Us

BCR has experience in working with organizations on reviewing and assessing their telecommuting practices and policies. Reach out to us if you should want to explore how we can assist in ensuring your organization is taking advantage of telecommuting as a viable workplace option.

Written by: Barbara Manny, BCR President and Consultant

BCR is a local, minority-owned firm with more than 25 years experience in serving non-profit, public, and privately held entities in the key areas of Benefits and Compensation Consulting, Performance Management, Human Resource Organization Development, and Human Resource Information Systems and Processes.

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