Usually when there is a decision by management, many employees groan and moan, since the decision sometimes seems one-sided, working to the advantage of the top level alone. However, the pronouncement of telecommuting is by no means one of those tough-type verdicts. Telecommuting works for the advantage of both employee and employer. As with every aspect of business, there exists a certain number of checks and balances; and the offer of telecommuting should only be given to those who are results-oriented and not those who are clock-watchers, since the latter are the type who may not do much, once away from the office. Simply put, telecommuting is working away from the office, by means of utilization of digital resources, such as e-mail, the Internet , telephone, WhatsApp and the like. Businesses have used telecommuting to cut costs such as electricity, water and the saving of time, so that less time is spent ‘commuting’ in the traditional sense of the word; and more time may be spent simply focusing on the tasks at hand. This article focuses on the advantages for your consideration.
- Less cost. Think of how much office space is occupied by each human body on your team. Or, think about when the server goes down at work…or when there is a power outage at the office. Every staff member is affected. However, in the scenario where the employee works from home, there is less strain on that employee to rush on mornings to get dressed and hustle to work; and there is less of a financial burden on the employer with regard to certain financial outputs. Many surveys also show that productivity is higher away from the office, rather that actually in the office. (Scary result, but true!)
- Environment friendly. Have you experienced rush-hour traffic? Emissions, air-conditioning units in vehicles…pollution. Working from home eliminates these negative impacts on the environment. Wise use of technology also helps businesses save on business travel, which again points to environmental affect. People are also naturally more conservative when working from home and do not waste as much ink, paper and other office supplies.
- Higher levels of morale. Research has shown that flexi-work employees (sounds sexy, doesn’t it?) have better health and higher morale in general than their office-working counterparts. Flexibility also directly impacts those who work creatively. I’ve seen it first-hand. A stellar graphic artist would come to the office from 9-5 and go through the motions. The work produced at the office would be good. However, when he worked from home, his quality of work was so high, that management wondered whether someone else was producing for him. In his evaluation, he revealed that because he was happier and less distracted at home, telecommuting allowed him to be more creative.
Now, I could go on and on; but there is a word limit to what I write. The advantages of telecommuting far outweigh the disadvantages; and if you’re a business looking to cut costs (aren’t we all?) this just may be one of your solutions!
Lots of love & good vibes, Veoma Ali
Veoma Ali is an Advertising Executive, with a Ph.D in Communications and a Masters in Business Administration.