Telecommute: Creating a Balanced Employee
Telecommuting or teleworking (these words are used interchangeably throughout this paper) refers to working inside the home or at a remote workstation. Recently, teleworking has become increasingly popular. People commute using a number of different modalities, including, cars, buses and trains. Particularly for individuals that reside in large metropolitan areas, commuting is a natural part of life. However, with the growing opportunities of teleworking, there are several benefits to teleworking. Some benefits directly impact the employee, some the employer and some external factors ...view middle of the document...
Often times, workers see the many benefits of telecommuting, but they do not see the challenges associated with it.
Ultimately, employers should want an energetic, motivated staff that strives for excellence and efficiency. By allowing workers to telecommute, many companies almost immediately see the return on their investment, with the investment being their staff. Employees want to feel appreciated, valued and in turn, they are productive and effective at what they do. Although there may be many ways to achieve a well-rounded, balanced worker, telecommuting is just one way in which that might be easily achieved.
For many companies, giving their workers the option to telecommute is an easy one. Often times, the company has conducted research, underwent pilot testing and created a well-planned system for managing employees who telework. Other times, there are organizations like my most recent company who recently starting ‘dabbling’ with telecommuting. For an employee it is almost an immediate benefit to telework. In fact, based on my own experiences with my employers, being given the opportunity to telework is a commodity. For companies, however, they must see the benefits and weight the risks associated with it. There are many benefits to companies who allow employees to telework, so we will address a few of them.
First, conservation of energy and costs. With any business, the bottom line for cost savings is an important fact. Telecommuting allows for a significant amount of cost savings due to the reduction in utilities and office space. According to the Telework Coalition, companies can save thousands of dollars each year (roughly $10,000 per employee) on office space, parking, utilities, printing, phone and faxing costs.
In addition, companies can help promote a greener environment by allowing workers to telecommute. Fewer commuters’ means there are less cars on traveling on the roads and less air pollution and a reduction in fuel consumption.
Secondly, many companies note an increase in productivity among staff while telecommuting. Many employees, including myself, became more productive when they teleworked because there are less distractions, very little social interactions and less stress. Many teleworkers also tend to take a greater sense of pride and ownership over the work that they do which results in better productivity and satisfaction. Another aspect to increased productivity is that teleworkers can work from home in inclement weather conditions, when schools are closed and other instances where regular commuting employees cannot get in to their work. Teleworking also allows companies, regardless of size to operate under extenuating circumstances, such as severe weather, or natural disasters that might otherwise interrupt operations and productivity.
Another major advantages for employee teleworking is the reduction of commuting time. Teleworking can promote health/safety and reduce highway use. ...