As with the rest of society, modern technology has changed the way we do business. We work through clouds now; we communicate via dropboxes and video conferencing. Our new digital tools make it so easy to connect remotely that face-to-face interactions, and putting on a tie or makeup to do so, can seem more like a chore than a necessity. Not all companies are created equal and not all employees interact with clients (or each other) on a daily basis. The ease of remote accessibility has led to a spike in telecommuters and many young organizations are taking note of the advantages.
Some Surprising Stats
36% of workers would rather work from home than get a pay raise.
Anybody with a lengthy, road-rage filled commute can relate to that stat. For most, working from home can mean more rest and a less stressful morning which, for employers, translates to a more productive and satisfied employee. Additionally, most workers who telecommute only do so two or three days out of the week. Home days for concentration, office days for collaboration.
78% of employees who call in sick, aren’t.
This shouldn’t come as too much of a shock. Often, those unexpected days off are caused by legitimate conflicts such as family needs or stress but if the employee is a telecommuter, they needn’t miss a whole day of work when all that’s really needed is a bit of extra time to collect themselves. The same goes for doctor appointments or important errands; take the time that’s needed then get back to work without sacrificing a whole day.
Average real estate savings with full-time telework is $10,000/employee/year.
Office space can be expensive, so what better way to cut costs than to cut the amount of physical space you need! Shared office spaces provide adaptable executive suites that can be customized to your needs. They’re a great resource for cheap office space in accessible downtown areas without the hassle of long-term leases. Work from home with the assistance of a professional reception service and then, when you need to meet with your team or potential clients, simply reserve a private, technologically equipped conference room.