Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Why You Should Consider Letting Employees Work from Home


Working from home, once considered somewhat of a fad that conjured images of employees in pajamas occasionally checking emails, is not going anywhere. An article in the Huffington Post, “Proof That Working From Home Is Here To Stay: Even Yahoo Still Does It”, points out that even Yahoo, which famously brought its remote workers back into the office, has softened its stance with some employees working from home occasionally. In fact, the article points out that 67% percent of employees were allowed occasional remote work in 2014, up from 50 percent in 2008, the study found.

If the steady increase in companies allowing for the “carpet commute” of remote workers isn’t enough to make managers consider such a strategy, a recent article by Cynthia Johnson on MSN.com gives 20 great reasons they should. Below are eight of Johnson’s most persuasive reasons:
  1. Remote workers waste less time commuting, which is a huge morale booster and time saver.
  2. They’ll be more productive, with one study finding that employees who work from home are 13% more productive compared with their in-office counterparts.
  3. You won’t have to pay for office space or office supplies.
  4. You can hire the best, no matter where they live.
  5. You don’t have to go all or nothing by letting people work from home a day a week or on specific occasions.
  6. It will increase employee loyalty.
  7. Employees will take fewer sick days. Working with a cold is doable if you’re in the comfort of your own home, and no one is sharing germs.
  8. Employees will work longer on a day-to-day basis because they don’t have to factor in commuting, etc. 
Ultimately, employing remote workers depends on the type of business you have and can even be personality-specific where some employees are ideal for it and others are not. The increased productivity, employee satisfaction, and ability to hire throughout the nation makes allowing employees to work from home an attractive option.

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