Although many people enjoy coming into an office and seeing familiar faces everyday, the time involved in commuting to the workplace and the rigid schedule is enough to make many people wish they could stay at home. While that may have been a pipe dream several years ago, advancing technologies into a connected workplace many solutions that can turn that dream into a reality.

If you’re on the fence about whether or not to allow your employees to work from home, here are a few things to consider.

1. Increased Productivity

Truthfully, not everyone is cut out to be a work-from-home employee. If someone needs constant supervision to get their work done, has a lot of face-to-face meetings that can’t be done over video conferencing, or other issues, then working in an office may be the best thing for them.

For employees who can work from home, you should notice an increase in productivity almost overnight. For one, working from eliminates the idea of a “sick day,” since people can work from their home office and not subject themselves (and the office) to a host of illnesses. Second, they’re able to work on their schedule, which means putting in more hours at odd times as they become available.

2. Increased Satisfaction

If you want to attract top talent, you’ll have to offer a host of perks in the compensation package, such as time off, insurance, retirement planning, and a competitive salary.

One of the things you might want to consider, however, is the ability to work from home. Many people find the freedom and quiet associated with a home office to be a major plus in their job search, and makes them more satisfied with their work-life balance and can even help retain employees longer.

3. Increased Engagement

Communication is a key concern that many employers have when trying to decide whether or not to allow their employees to work from home, but communication is easy with video conferencing equipment and text messaging.

Moreover, one recent poll found that people who worked from home were slightly more engaged than their in-office counterparts, but that those who had a mix — part in-office and part telecommuter — reported the most engagement with their jobs.

If you’re unsure about whether or not to allow your employees to work from home, why not give it a trial run with a few key employees who have expressed interest? If it works, you may have just found a great way to increase your bottom line and make your employees happier at the same time.

Resources:

  • 5 Reasons Why Remote Working is the Future of Employment | Working Home Guide
  • Remote Workers Log More Hours and Are Slightly More Engaged | Gallup
  • 6 Musts for Managing Office-Based and Remote Employees | iOFFICE
  • Why Employees Should Be Allowed To Work From Home | Huffpost

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