Working from Home Shows Huge Growth and Employer Benefits
There’s no denying that working from home and telecommuting is becoming an increasingly more prevalent workplace practice. Regular telecommuting grew by 115% in the past decade according to the 2017 State of Telecommuting in the U.S. Workforce report by Data Workplace Analytics and Flexjobs. Technology is clearly the driver for workplace flexibility, but people are playing a huge role in this movement as well. Across every age demographic and gender, there is a greater demand for more flexible work options and a greater work-life balance.
Nearly three-quarters of North American office workers are actually willing to quit their job in order to move to an organization that allows them to work remotely more frequently, even without a pay increase. A recent report by Softchoice surveyed 1,000 full-time workers and found that 74% of them were willing to make a change.
As more opportunities for working outside of the office continue to emerge, the office cubicle is quickly being replace by the virtual office.
So what technology is enabling this new found flexibility?
Cloud, unified communications and mobile technologies are shifting the culture of this new world of work. With more sophisticated methods for employee collaboration like chat, video conferencing, email and cloud-based phone systems, employees are overcoming the barrier of location and communicating, collaborating and working more productively from wherever they choose.
The expectations for employers are shifting as well. According to the same report, 85% of employees expect their employers to provide some sort of technology that allows them to work from wherever they choose. The demand for a more seamless experience where employees can effectively connect, meet, share and access files, has set a new standard, and employers are getting on board. With increased retention, engagement, productivity and cost-savings, the benefits are an undeniable, win-win for both parties.
Employers are recognizing that the benefits of offering work from home and telecommuting options extend beyond just recruiting and retaining top talent. According to data from Global Workplace Analytics, employers can save an average of $11,000 per year for every employee who spends half of their time working remotely. If your company hasn't already incorporated this popular workplace practice, this savings alone could be your motivation to reconsider.