Working From Home Saves Time and Money
The modern network was started in 1969. Since that time, technology has provided constant upgrades in abilities due to incredible increases in communication speed. The result has been the global interconnection of practically every computer, and inhabitant, of Earth. This development has allowed many jobs to be performed online. Indeed, many people who have highly specialized or intricate tasks to do as part of their job now opt to work from home for all or part of their time. In the past, such online work has been seen as a beneficial perk given to a select few who had the ability to dedicate themselves to their work. Increasingly, working from home is becoming a valued business practice that is essential in many cases.
Many employees like the option of working from home on their job assignments for at least part of the work day. The reasons are varied. Some employees can perform some work in the early morning when the commute traffic volume is highest. By working from home at this time, the employee is avoiding the stop and go traffic that plagues most cities today. When the employee is ready to travel to the office, the roads are relatively free of traffic. This shifting of work hours allows the employee to experience a less stressful commute, one which is often less expensive due to the reduction in idling time. Some employees report that a moderate commute of perhaps 10 miles takes well over an hour when driven at 7:00AM but only 15 minutes when driven at 9:00AM.
Some employees arrive at the office early, work part of their day at a desk and then proceed home where they finish their day online. Similar to those who work from home in the early morning, these employees experience an easier commute. They travel when the roads are less busy. They find that their time in the office is productive and they are subject to less stress due to the avoidance of heavy traffic.
Still other employees opt to work one or more days a week at their home and the balance of their work week at an office. These employees experience no commute during their work from home days. They do see the regular commute levels of traffic on their office days, of course. The trade-off is a relaxing and productive day on their home assignment and regular office work on the other days.
Some employees who work from home are able to perform their entire range of work duties from their home. These people are in the minority but their numbers are rising. They experience no stress from commuting traffic. They are productive for their entire work day. Many are able to live in less expensive environs which are farther from large cities. Their expenses, especially on transportation, are generally lower than those employees who commute to an office each day.
Due to the rising costs of energy, and everything else associated with driving, working from home offers cost savings to employees. Fuel prices have risen substantially over the years. Employees drive more fuel efficient vehicles, typically, but still must pay more to drive their car. Each dollar spent on a car, whether for commuting or for pleasure, is subject to tax first. If the price rises, the employee must devote more of their income to their vehicle. Unfortunately, most salaries do not rise in conjunction with the cost of commuting. By working from home one day a week, an employee may save 20% of their commuting costs. Two days will save 40%, and so on. Over time, such savings add up and are a benefit to the employee.
Companies are starting to realize that they receive benefits from employees working from home as well. Often, productivity is increased by stay at home workers. They are generally free from disruptions so they are able to better focus on their job tasks. This is true of organized workers, to be sure. Those workers who cannot organize their home work space, and those who are disturbed by their domestic surroundings, are often not able to maintain a regular level of productivity at home. In most cases, however, the work from home employee is completely able to organize their home work time for maximum productivity. After all, working from home is often a financial benefit or a time saver for the employee; they are usually very motivated to prove that they are as capable of working from home as they are in the office.
Many companies are able to reduce their office size when they have a group of work from home employees. They may choose to purposefully lease less space for a given number of employees. Realizing that their staff is vacant from the office 20% of the time, these companies can use 20% less office space. This means that employees may have to share desks and they may need to schedule their work weeks to ensure that there is room in the office for them. Since the cost savings for the company are very significant, such adjustments by staff are often well worth it. In fact, some companies lease substantially smaller offices than they might since they know well that their employee base use comparatively little time in the office. The addition of extra meeting rooms usually provides a balance to the decreased amount of office space.
Those employees who do work from home are often accountable to their supervisors based on delivered assignments. Trust is obviously a factor that must be considered. A stay at home employee may not seem to put in as many hours of work time as they did in the office. If the production of delivered assignments is unaffected, such differences are often moot for the company. Working from home can be a benefit to a company, in fact. Such employees are often more productive that they are when working in the office. This is especially true when an office environment allows workers to be constantly interrupted during their work day.
With the rise in networking, the modern worker is often very productive when working from home. Companies should investigate the option for their employees, if they don't already use the concept. The value to the employees, and even to the company, is very significant.