Recently I’ve read several articles and blog posts talking about how integral Telework, also known as Telecommuting or remote working, is to business growth. That in order to succeed in today’s business landscape companies must embrace the concept or risk simply not being able to remain competitive. That is a bold statement, but there are many factors to consider.
Telework is credited for increased productivity, lower overhead costs, happier employees, lower turnover, and lower new hire and training costs. Embracing Telework also allows companies to look at greater pool of potential employees when recruiting.
According to Global Workplace Analytics, roughly 40 percent of the U.S. workforce could work from home. The number of Americans who worked from home or remotely at least one day per month for their employer increased from about 12.4 million in 2006 to 17.2 million in 2008. That’s a 39 percent increase over two years and a 74 percent increase since 2005. The momentum shows no signs of slowing.
40% is a lot of Teleworking. Despite the numbers, what about the managers who simply refuse to believe that an employee can be as productive as or more productive than working in a traditional office environment? What will it take to make them adopt?
Of course, there are some jobs that just don’t permit themselves to telecommuting – you can’t build a building remotely for example. But you can consult with architects and other experts remotely. But even for some occupations that were previously considered “In person” only can now work remotely due to advances in technology: HD video and desktop options along with a host of other advanced options and features have opened up so many more opportunities.
At IDSolutions we practice what we preach. Almost half of our employees work from home and satellite offices located all over the country. And, employees based in our Noblesville, IN office enjoy the flexibility that remote working provides. It also cuts down on lost productivity due to travel – IDS employees can be productive anywhere in the world.