Working From Home: 4 Points to Help Your Boss Say “Yes”

June 17, 2014

in Lifestyle

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Earlier this year, Mashable highlighted seven of the best companies leading the work-from-home movement, namely major corporations like Xerox, UnitedHealth Group, Dell and Aetna. These companies embrace remote working and recognize that telecommuting is a trend permeating the workforce with permanence. People teleworking grew by nearly 80 percent from 2005 to 2012, according to Global Workplace Analytics. Conversations over work-from-home policies, especially as advanced technologies develop, only continue to advance.

Not without skepticism and concern does a business deviate from the norm, though—does telecommuting benefit the employer or employee? For those hopeful at-home professionals employed by a company bound by traditions, here are some arguments to help your boss say “yes.”

Flexibility and Mobility

Collaboration and communication don’t have to suffer by shifting to a flexible and mobile-oriented working environment. If anything, mobile computing enhances how a team collaborates and communicates with policies like BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and delivery methods such as SaaS (Software as a Service) systems. Cutting-edge communication tools such as cloud systems, software and apps empower remote workers and organizations to optimize a collaborative virtual work space rather than a physical work space. Employees have an unrestricted level of access to information and interactions anywhere, anytime and on any device.

Companies can store and make data (including documents, files, videos and pictures) available for employees 24 hours a day, seven days a week anywhere in the world, according to Top 10 Cloud Storage, an online resource specializing in cloud storage and online backup. Companies can create a telecommuting culture and find the best talent to work with despite locations and personal barriers. IT resources such as video conferencing enables a virtual working environment to be just as collaborative and communicative (if not more) than a less flexible workplace.

Refreshing Work Ethic

“With an open vacation policy and no regulations about working in the office, at home or remotely, everyone is always refreshed and ready to work really hard,” one staffer at OwnLocal told Forbes. The Austin-based digital ad agency empowers its employees by allowing them to work during a time and at a place that helps them achieve their best work.

Also, a work-from-home company policy may be seen as a company perk, which creates employee satisfaction and subsequently, company loyalty. In addition, an adequate work-life balance also serves as the underscored catalyst for higher levels of motivation, productivity and refreshed creativity.

Trust and Accountability

Just because employees aren’t under the watchful eye of their employer doesn’t mean their innovation and output will suffer. Telecommuting companies should underscore work and performance, rather than the physical location of where the work is done. To establish employer-employee trust and personal telecommuting accountability, agree on the work that must be delivered. If anything, remote employees are more likely to increase productivity to eliminate the inherent distrusting nature of a work-from-home policy.

Money Savings

When it comes down to it, business is about making money. A telecommuting policy and flexibility can maximize a company’s earning power and save on high corporate overhead. Sure, remote employees save on gas and reduce costly wear and tear on their vehicles. Global Workplace Analytics reports on the financial pros for companies offering telecommuting, including:

  • Bolsters employee satisfaction and retention, which eliminates the high costs of turnovers, the hiring process and training
  • Reduces costly unplanned absences that employees take to tend to personal needs
  • Increases productivity by eliminating workplace distractions and long, exhaustive commutes
  • Reduces geographic boundaries hindering a company from finding excellent talent
  • Saves on real-estate expenditure including office space and equipment
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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

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