Telecommuting benefits both the employee and the employer, it’s the perfect win-win situation if both parties do it correctly! I decided to write about my experiences with telecommuting and the benefits there within.
I’m going to start out with employee benefits, because this the area I know the most about. Since I telecommute a few days a week, it’s an area that I know and feel I can speak about with a high degree of accuracy. While I only telecommute a few days a week, other bloggers work sole by telecommuting to work. One of my favorite blogger, Kris @ Everyday Tips is a perfect example of an employee that only telecommutes to work.
- Time savings from not commute into work.
- Car accident avoidance from not commute into work
- Sleep time savings from getting up later because of no need to get a shower in the morning.
- Gas cost saving from no commute.
- Car “wear and tear” reduction from no commute.
- Reduction in work cloths wardrobe.
- More satisfying degree of focus on work at hand, if done correctly. This is because of the reduced social opportunities and the lack of friendly chit-chat walkbys from friends and peers.
- Reduced eating cost, since food can be prepared at home vs a restaurant.
- Able to be a mobile worker. You can even be on vacation and work remotely, if you have a fast enough internet and cell phone connection.
- More productive workers from reduced chit-chat
- Reduced space requirements because of shared cubicle space.
- Employees willing to extent their workday and work at odd hours
- Employees feel more engaged.
Reasons Not To Totally Telecommute
Telecommuting has some great benefits, but I don’t think I would want to do it everyday. I think the old saying “Out of site, out of mind” still applies. It’s also easier to layoff someone if you don’t see them occasionally, not to mention subcontracting your job out, or even offshore the position.
Personally, I like to telecommute a few times a week. To go to a total telecommuting work schedule would be hard for me, especially from a social interaction standpoint.
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