And while it is a great perk for employees and certainly has its benefits to permit working from home, there are also pitfalls to consider.
We have compiled a list of the pros and cons to consider before enacting a policy for your company.
The Pros of Telecommuting
There are a number of pros to allowing employees to telecommute.
The first is that at least allowing the option of telecommuting has been shown to increase the happiness and retention of employees.
It also can reduce their “stress” levels. This can improve the work-life balance of your employees. Furthermore, it can act as a recruiting tool as it is certainly an attractive perk and also, if you are willing to have remote workers, it can widen the scope of candidates.
That may make hard-to-fill roles a bit easier to recruit for.
Another perk for your business from allowing telecommuting is that it can actually result in more work hours from your employees. This is because if they do not have to spend their time commuting, it allows for more time working and being productive, getting your company closer to your goals.
Finally, allowing employees to work remotely may save your company money. It could cut down on electricity costs, lessen the need for office supplies and furniture, and allow you to conserve office workspace.
The Cons of Telecommuting
There are several pitfalls to allowing your employees to telecommute. The first and probably the largest con is the fact that it eliminates employee engagement.
It is almost impossible for employees to interact with each other and be engaged as they would in the office if they are working remotely. Employee engagement is an important piece of office culture in most companies, so this is definitely something to consider.
Another potential con of allowing telecommuting is that there is room for distraction while your employees are home.
At home, there is less pressure for them to be constantly on their “A-Game” and more room for them to relax and tend to other household needs. Additionally, many people prefer working from home to aid in child care needs, so this could certainly be a distraction as well.
Technological difficulties could also be a downside of employees working from home. Whereas your office most likely has a reliable and strong internet connection along with an IT or workers to assist in the event of issues, people’s houses might not have the same amenities.
This could pose a problem as it may account for interruptions in their work day or productivity.
The Bottom Line
While it certainly has its ups and downs, telecommuting is something to consider for your company and its employees. Your PEO can help you decide on your policies around the idea and figure out what the best fit actually is.
Let us help partner you with a PEO that is the most knowledgeable on these pros and cons and in turn will be best equipped to help your company succeed.