Allowing employees to work from home has advantages beyond saving the environment from the harmful emissions of greenhouse gases. The employer must also benefit from an employee that is allowed to work from home, or the arrangement will end up costing more money and the telecommuting
privilege will be terminated. Here are three benefits that an employer will realize if employees are allowed to work from home.
1. Reduce CostsOffice overhead expenses can be reduced by allowing employees to telecommute and work from home. Cost savings will only be fully realized if the employee telecommutes nearly one hundred percent of their time. Only then will you be able to free up office space and support staff. If an employee only telecommutes part-time, then an office, desk, equipment and support staff will still have to be maintained.
2. Increased Employee MoraleThere have been many studies that have proven that employees are happier and their production levels are higher when they are allowed to work at home. In order to insure that the telecommuting employee produces an acceptable level of work, a communications routine and measurable job performance standards must be agreed upon before the employee is allowed to work at home.
3. Increase Labor Pool SizeIf employees are working at home and travel to the office is not required on a regular basis, then the entire world becomes your acceptable labor pool. It will not matter where your telecommuting employees live, as long as they regularly communicate with the office and performance levels are met.