A Benefit For The Employee And The Employer
The world today is connected by the vast Internet which allows practically every computer, and user, on Earth to communicate instantly and completely. Companies may want to explore the option of having some of their employees work from home for at least part of their work week. There are benefits to be gained by both the employee and the company.
Saving Commute Money And Time For Employees
Commuting is expensive. Even a moderate distance, say 10 miles, involves the use of a substantial amount of energy. As well, there is a substantial amount of time involved. Most large cities today experience a rush "hour" which may see increased traffic volume for number of hours in the morning and the evening. By offering employees the option to work at home, the company allows workers to save fuel, (and expenses), as well as time. The time saved, in fact, may be valued more highly than the cost of the gasoline.
Working From Home Affects Required Office Space
Many companies find that they are able to reduce the size of their office if they have employees who work offsite. If every employee was working out of the office one day per week, regular offices would be empty 20% of the time. Many companies use this fact and schedule office time for staff. Four who work offsite one day per week can use space designed for five employees. If the company has employees offsite two days per week, they have an effective 40% office vacancy rate. This can be used to significantly reduce the amount of office space needed. When one considers that staff are away for vacations, sick time or business travel reasons, one can see that the amount of office vacancy time is significant. Companies should try to avoid paying for such vacancies. It may mean that shared work space or an environment that is more like a university campus arrangement is required.
Productivity When Working From Home
Employees are often highly productive when working from home. Organized home office space allows workers to concentrate on the tasks at hand, free from office distractions. Of course there may be distractions in the offsite work area which must be considered. Offsite employees are often able to balance the requirements of the job with any distractions. A separate work space is usually required. While single employees often fare well without home distractions, parents usually make arrangements with family to ensure that they are left as undisturbed as possible when they are working from home. Working from home is often seen as a benefit so they often take extreme steps to ensure that they are as productive as possible. This allows them to continue to work from home since they can prove that they meet required deadlines as well from home, (or better), than they do in the office.
Extended Business Support
When employees work from home, they are typically available immediately. Thus they can awaken, prepare and begin their day. There is no requirement to travel for long distances, a time when they are typically unavailable for business work. By engaging in the companies business quickly, work from home employees offer the company the ability to provide better service. Many large companies have use this fact to great benefit. In fact, by employing employees in North America, Australia and England, companies can provide effective 24 hour remote service to the entire English speaking world. If remote staff locations are factored in, a company can operate 24 by 7 without putting unreasonable demands on their workers.