We live in a mobile world. With each major development in workplace technology, it is becoming easier and easier for employees to complete tasks, hold meetings and manage people from Starbucks, at home or even in the air. The ability to work remotely is a great benefit that many companies have decided to leverage.
But is it truly advantageous for the organization?
Many organizations who do not allow their employees to work anywhere except the office may struggle with the idea of letting people work wherever they feel like they will be most productive. There is a widespread argument against having remote workers that claims that managers will not have the level of control that they desire over their people. Others claim that it is more challenging to hold people accountable if they can’t physically be present with them each day.
But for every argument against allowing employees to work remotely, there are tangible benefits that have the potential to accelerate organizational growth, profitability and productivity.
Below are a few advantages to having employees work remotely:
Reduced Infrastructure Costs
Office space, workstations, computers and chairs are just a few of the things that make up the large portion of a company’s operating budget. What if you could reduce the space and workstations necessary to provide space for your workers by 25%? How much would you save? Could you use those funds to invest in business development or innovation? The answer is: Absolutely.
Reduced Turnover Costs
According to GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com, 80% to 90% of the US Workforce indicates that they would like to work remotely at least part-time. This means that if an organization offers telecommuting, there is a high probability that employees will be attracted to that company and will be more inclined to continue working there if they are able to work remotely.
Higher Productivity Levels
Instead of driving into the office for a meeting, today’s technology enables employees to have meetings anywhere while still interacting face-to-face, eliminating potential travel time. In addition, the rise of e-learning and mobile learning allows employees to be trained on the go instead of taking the time to sit in a classroom or travel to a location to attend training. Assuming your organization had 100 full-time employees, consider this: If each employee were able to recoup one hour each day in travel time, that would amount to 100 hours per day and over 200,000 hours per year in additional time! What could your organization accomplish with that additional capacity?
These are just a few tangible benefits of having remote employees. What would the advantages be for your organization? Consider the possibilities!