We live in a much different world than a generation ago. The Internet makes communicating with friends, family and coworkers nearly as effective as if you were standing right in front of them. While not all occupations are suited to working from home, for those who can, there are many benefits for both worker and employer. And as you will see, many of them are linked together:
1. It Saves Money (and the Environment)
You can kill two birds with one stone by not driving as much as a telecommuter. Your gas expenses will be significantly lower and you will be pumping much less C02 into the atmosphere. There’s also the fact you will likely spend less money on food with the temptation of doing your daily stop at the local sandwich shop.
2. You’re Happier
Admittedly, not everyone prefers the solitude of working alone at home. But if you enjoy the perks of pajama-clad workdays, that makes for a better chance that you will be happy with the job you are doing. If you’re happy and not fighting traffic (which makes you even happier), there is less stress, which means you’re more likely to be healthy (see #4). A happy and healthy employee is…
3. A More Productive Employee
If you enjoy what you do, you’re more likely to do it more efficiently. Plus, if need be, since you don’t have to account for commuting time, you can even put in an extra 15 to 30 minutes… just because.
4. Less Sick Leave
This is true for two reasons. As mentioned before, less stress usually means less sick time. But even if you are fighting a cold, it’s not such a big deal if you’re sniffling in your home office. So employees are less apt to miss work. Then there’s the fact that it’s less likely to spread and infect the rest of your office staff, dropping productivity across the board.
5. Less Office Space Requirements
If you’re in a position where you can have a certain number of employees working from home all the time, you can commit to a smaller office space, which likely translates into a significant lease savings.
6. Larger Talent Pool
Whether you need to stay local or can span the globe for talent, hiring people who can work remotely gives you many more people to choose from, making more talented people available.
Jason Knapfel manages content for Rose City Office Furnishings in Portland, OR.