Teleworking is nowadays not just a “perk” for employees but became a viable option for companies as well in innumerable ways. There is a large number of companies around the world that now started providing full and partial telecommuting job opportunities.
Few years back, teleworking is perceived as an occasional day, when an employee works from home as a part of company’s flexible schedule policy. In the recent times, companies are either making or have made amendments in their HR policies, introducing “teleworking for full-time remote employees”.
What exactly is teleworking?
Teleworking or Telecommuting is a work arrangement offered by some companies in which person need not to visit the central place of work. He or she can complete his or her given task at the convenience of sitting in their home. In other words, teleworking also known as “work from home” or “flexible job”.
Why both employees and companies favoring telecommuting today?
- Improved productivity
It is reported; employees have found more productive at home than when they work out of the office. The principal reason given is – seemingly endless, multiple interruptions at the office generate work patterns that are subject to repeated restarts. These interludes occur when supervisor pops in? When do coworkers stop by to chat? Then there is a habit of “watercooler grapevine conversation”.
Additional time was absorbed when employee resume their work after these interruptions as they first must catch up where they were prior to the interruption.
Positions that telework 2-3 days in a week find that they are more effective at home, yet still maintains their social and professional relationships at the office.
- Increased time available for work
As compared to non-teleworkers, telecommuters accept that “work from home” option saved their productive time that they lost earlier, due to commuting stress. Hence, overall efficiency enhanced resulting in better performance.
- Overhead reductions
Organizations with well-planned and sophisticated teleworking programs have found substantial ways to reduce space and furnishing requirements for employees. Companies with a large number of teleworkers decreased their rents substantively, by insisting their employees to share work desks and other resources when they visit company facilities.
Even, few organizations provide refined telecommunication services to their teleworkers. For instance, official landline numbers are routed anywhere the employee happen to be – a shared suite, at home or at client’s location.
- Improved employee attraction and retention
It is found, employees who have experienced the benefits of teleworking programs tends to favor these work arrangements and seek similar job opportunities.
There are several companies that do not completely endorsed the telecommuting work programs in their HR policy, but, they provide telecommuting option to their valuable employees to retain them.
In this scenario, teleworking act as “perk” for both employees and company, working in a mutually beneficial way.
- Program continuity
The telecommuting programs serves as an excellent mechanism to avoid external impact on programs and projects. For instance, teleworkers less likely to take sick days for their minor illness.
Also, telecommuting option significantly avoids the impact of other occurrences on task completion, like – special events (Olympics), highway construction or bad weather, etc.
These interludes play chaos with deliverables and project deadlines that easily avoided with well-planned teleworking programs.For these flexible programs to be useful, it is important that teleworking should not be seen as a management tool for getting more time out of employees. Instead, perceived as an arrangement to make them more productive and efficient in their tasks.
In a wide array of industries “telecommuting” is embraced in hundreds of organizations. Consequently, teleworking is a valuable management strategy to ameliorate overall productivity of the organization.