A recent Gallup report found that people who work remotely are more engaged, enthusiastic, and committed to their work—but only if they work outside the office 20 percent of the time or less. The common thread between most telecommuting studies reviewed suggests that allowing workers to spend some, but not all, of their time outside of the office could be beneficial for everyone. However, despite numerous studies and the empirical evidence showing productivity gains, many employers remain skeptical about the level of performance they can count on from employees outside the direct view of supervisors. How can you be sure if telecommuting is right for your organization?
Benefits of telework
Companies interested in telework are sure to find many advantages. Some benefits include:
Criticisms/pitfalls of telework
With the positives of telework come the drawbacks. Before you start sending employees home to work, be aware of the following pitfalls:
If implemented and managed carefully, telecommuting could offer benefits for the right people within certain industries. There are many things to consider when determining if telecommuting will work for your organization. Ensure the positions you’re considering lend themselves to telework and don’t require daily face-to-face or physical interaction. Identify whether your organization has the necessary technology available to implement and sustain a successful telework program. Analyze the company culture and work ethic of your employees to identify whether your business model can be successful in a telework setting.
Lastly, outline a detailed telework plan and implement it part-time to determine whether it’s a fit for your organization.