The Work From Home study, reported in HR Insights, found that home workers increased productivity by 13 percent, staff attrition was half that of office-based workers and home working saved the company $2,000 per employee.
When people consider the benefits of working from home, one of the key
benefits is avoiding the daily commute. Removing the daily grind of traveling back and forth during rush hour can be nirvana to the average worker.
Remote working favors the employer as well as the employee—according
to Remote-Work Programs Benefit Employers Too, a study compiled and released by Microsoft in May 2011, the business advantages of staffing remote
employees can be enormous, including greater productivity, reduced overhead and happier workers.
Eliminating the need for an onsite office can reduce a company’s overhead costs from items such as computers, phones, electricity, heating and air
conditioning and all the other little necessities that keep an office operating.
According to Gervais Tompkin, principal at corporate design firm Gensler,
who was interviewed in The Wall Street Journal, studies show that around
45 percent of workspaces in an office are vacant on a particular day because
employees are often working offsite. Tompkin said that this has meant companies are increasingly designing their facilities around the “ 55 percent who
are out of the office.”
ing breaks as needed. Telecommuting might allow a mother to work
for a few hours in the morning, take
a break to drive her kids to school
and then continue to work until it
is time to pick them up again in the
evening. This increased flexibility
has obvious potential to allow employees to better manage their lives
and reduce stress.
By definition, standard business hours restrict office-based employees to 9:00
a.m.–5:00 p.m. However, telecommuting workers have far greater flexibility
and can often set their own hours, starting earlier or finishing later and tak-
Telecommuting may also reduce
costs for employees. By telecommuting, workers can avoid the cost
of a daily commute, which can be
a significant savings. According
to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,
transportation costs are the second largest U.S. household expenditure after housing costs. If a car
is only used to get to the office, it