Working from Home is on the Rise
Working for Home (WFH) or telecommuting is on the rise and here to stay. In honor of National Work from Home week, we thought we’d delve deeper into this increasingly more common workplace practice.
It’s clear that businesses today are taking full advantage of the technology available, as more and more are adopting work from home policies. The virtual workplace is growing steadily with a reported 67% of companies allowing employees to work from home occasionally in 2014, up from 50% in 2008 and 38% allowing some workers to do so on a regular basis, according to a 2014 study by the Family and Work Institute.
Companies today are successfully collaborating remotely thanks to advanced technology like video conferencing software, cloud-based communication solutions and hosted virtual desktops and are embracing working outside the office as a way to lure and retain top talent, boost productivity and offer a work-life benefit to their employees. According to the Best Places to Work in IT 2015 list, 95% of the top 100 tech organizations offer telecommuting options for their employees.
In addition to being a benefit for employees, studies have shown that remote workers are in fact more productive, often because they work more hours than their in-office counterparts and socialize less.
Does your company offer work from home options?
Our advice is to be open to the concept, as it is becoming a more in-demand employee benefit. Start small with trial runs and see what it can do for your business and your employees. First and foremost, ensure you have the proper technology in place for seamless communications and collaboration amongst your team. Experiment during opportune times like bad weather or during local events that would cause major traffic congestion and evaluate the effects it has on employee productivity and morale. You may just find that it turns into a great recruitment tactic and gives your business the boost in productivity that it needs.