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Companies Expand As More Employees Work At Home

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Renee is an author of many articles for various magazines and blogs. She is the owner of the parenting blog, Next Generation Stay At Home Mom. She enjoys reading, writing, and playing on the beach with her husband and son.

The Work at Home Revolution is expanding. More and more people want to work at home, and companies are trying to meet the demands. However, there are countless benefits to the employee who works at home, but what about the benefits to the employer? Why is telecommuting so great for a companies’ bottom line? How can a company benefit by having employees who work at home?

It is very common for companies to dispute the telecommuter employee. They will say they cannot work as well at home, they need to be managed, they will be too distracted, there is no way to check in, and can you ever really trust an employee out of your sight? You should be able to trust your employee without watching their every move. After all, why are you hiring someone for your company that you do not trust out of your sight?

Ninety percent of large organizations that reported a security breach feel that home-based workers are not a security concern. In fact, they are more concerned with the occasional work that is taken out of the office by traditional employees who lack the training, tools, and technologies that telecommuters receive. (Source: Global Workplace Analytics) Security training should always be provided for all employees. Giving your employee the option of telecommuting (also known as working at home) does not only benefit the employee. It benefits you as an employer and your company dramatically.

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” This statement was said by President Abraham Lincoln. It was true in the 1800s and it is true today in the twenty-first century. People are getting sick of the hamster wheel and are eager to take control of their lives and find a work/life balance. Studies at Stanford University have been conducted and they have found that two thirds of people want to work from home. In fact, 36% would choose to work at home instead of a pay raise. As many as 80% of employees consider telecommuting a job perk. 14% of Americans have changed jobs in order to shorten their commute time. Companies that have telecommuters say it has greatly reduced employees quitting. Losing a valued employee can cost an employer anywhere between $10,000 and $30,000. (Source: Global Workplace Analytics) Between paying for recruiting and training of a replacement, the overturn of workers can end up being very costly for companies.

The analysis showed that workers who worked from home were more productive. They were able to answer more calls, work more hours and take shorter breaks. Employees who telecommute also use fewer sick leaves. During the analysis the telecommuters also reported being happier than the office workers, and fewer of them quit.

When a company hires the right work at home employees they find they are more productive working at home. The studies all show that employees who work at home have increased productivity in their work, and decreased their personal stress levels.

Telecommuting with your employees is not as different as you may think, with the use of video chats, conference calls, VPN networks and wireless internet you can always stay connected to your employees. Some of the best employees that excel working at home are employees that have good attention to detail skills and are good at focusing for long hours. Believe it or not, working at home has been found to reduce the amounts of distractions that workers face during the work hours. Between office visits, phone calls, emails, meetings and scheduled breaks, many workers find they are often distracted and cannot get as much work done. When employees are not distracted a number of different times a day they have a controlled environment, which can be a key to their productivity. Businesses can lose up to $600 billion a year in workplace distractions. (Source: Global Workplace Analytics) Many companies report they find their telecommuting workers produce projects faster and with fewer mistakes. When an employee works at home they are judged by what they do, not how they do their work.

For some companies the talent pool for employees greatly expands when they include work at home positions. It has been found that one of the biggest employer benefits when it comes to a work at home policy is the expansion of the talent pool of candidates available for needed positions within their companies. When you allow employees to work at home, you can hire the best employees there are for a certain positions by not having to limit yourself by geographical restrictions. Employees in turn are able to find more work that fits their individual talents and strengths.

“For employers, telecommuting can limit absences of employees, increase productivity and save money” says Ari Zoldan CEO of Quantum Networks, LLC. Employees that work at home are prone to take fewer absences because they have more flexibility in their schedules. They can schedule work around their children’s activities and doctor appointments. Flexible hours allow telecommuters to run errands or schedule appointments without losing a full day of work. Also, when emergencies happen – either they have a cold or have to take care of a sick loved one – they are usually still able to work. The American Management Association (organizations that implemented a telecommuting program) realized a 63% reduction in unscheduled absences. Federal workers are required to telecommute to the maximum extent possible. Bird flu, terrorism, roadway problems, and weather-related disasters are all things that they are able to work through by working at home. Three quarters of telecommuters say they could continue to work in the event of a disaster compared with just 28% on non-telecommuters. (Source: Global Work Analytics)

For new or small companies hiring telecommuters is a great business strategy. Work at home employees can be a matter of more work hours in the day. This is especially true for small businesses and new companies where they can’t afford to waste even one minute of the workday. Most employees report that they get an extra twenty hours a week when they do not have to commute. Many work at home employees are willing and able to put in longer and more hours. Since work at home employees usually pay for their own computer, electricity and other utilities; the high cost of office equipment is completely eliminated from the company’s bottom line. Some states, including Virginia, Georgia, and Oregon offer financial incentives for businesses to adopt telecommuting. Other states including Arizona, Vermont, Washington, and Connecticut offer free training to encourage companies to give it telecommuting a try. (Source: Global Workplace Analytics)

It is not just small companies that are starting to have more and more work at home employees. Big companies like AT&T, American Express, Compaq and Alpine Access have many telecommuting employees. In fact Best Buy, British Telecom and Dow Chemical say telecommuters are 35-40% more productive. McKesson has saved $2 million a year using telecommuting employees. By having work at home employees there are more inexpensive offers to comply with ADA standards for disabled workers; which is a benefit for companies and workers. Hiring sight unseen, as some all-virtual employers do, greatly reduces the potential for discrimination. It ensures that people are judged by what they can do versus what they may look like. Communications via focus groups, instant messaging, and the like equalizes personalities. No longer is the loudest voice the one that’s heard. (Source: Global Workplace Analytics)

Companies with work at home employees report a large amount of savings on real estate costs. IBM was able to slash $50 million in real estate costs and Sun Microsystems saves $68 million a year in real estate costs. When more employees are working at home the need for large office buildings becomes obsolete. Nortel saves $100,000 per employee that they do not have to relocate, but instead works at home. The reasons for having your employees work at home go on and on. Not only does the average home worker save a company around $2000 a year (per every worker who works at home) your company is also now a company that is helping the environment. Your company contributes less to air pollution, traffic, waste, light pollution and instead is helping the natural environment.

By positioning the company to roll out remote working to far-flung regional offices, this might lead to more regional income equality and less pollution and traffic in crowded cities, as well as better family and community life. (Source: Stanford University Study)

Companies, big and small, have taken the plunge to turn their employees to telecommuters and by doing so they are saving money so they can grow and expand. They are hiring work at home employees and have a giant talent pool to hire from and ensure they have the best quality workers for every area of their business. Companies are saving money, making money and workers are happy and stress free; that alone is a win-win in everyone’s pocket.

2 Responses to “Companies Expand As More Employees Work At Home”

  1. pat1431@wowway.com' Patricia says:

    I am currently unemployed and this sounds good. But, how much does all this cost? How am I paid? How hard is it to get the jobs?

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