There has never been a better time for employees to telecommute. With the hours spent in traffic increasing (along with fuel costs), real estate costs rising, and the cost of acquiring a new employee increasing, it’s a smart move for employers.
A quick search will net you plenty of articles on the ROI of telecommuting, but another factor to consider is the impact on employee engagement. A study published by the National Communication Association found, “Employees who telecommute the majority of the work week are more satisfied with their jobs compared to those working mostly in the office because working remotely alleviates more stress than it creates.”
Employers who allow their employees to telecommute have seen productivity increase due to the amount of productive work hours they cram into one workday. Just think—they don’t have to commute, which cuts into everyone’s workday, and they don’t usually take long lunches.
Along with higher productivity rates, employees are recognizing higher retention rates due to a better work-life balance for the employees. When employees are trusted to work from home, they are more likely to make good use of their time and, in return, be happier with their work-life balance.
One concern that employers have with telecommuting is the lack of face-to-face collaboration. Fortunately, technologies available today allow just that, face-to-face collaboration. Many employers are implementing video calling as a way to keep up with their employees who work from home. It’s a great way to engage those employees and give them a seat in the meeting room.
We know firsthand the importance of face-to-face collaboration. That is what Lifesize was founded on, and we love being able to provide other companies the flexibility that our employees enjoy. We invite you to try Lifesize Cloud free for 14 days and experience for yourself how easy it is to have a seat at the meeting from anywhere. Let us know what you think about telecommuting in the comments section below.