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6 Reasons Why Your Office Should Allow Working From Home

If you're at all involved at the management level in a company, your ears are surely familiar with the increasing requests for work-from-home opportunities. If your business is more traditionally structured, it can be really challenging to wrap your head around the inevitable changes arriving once you accommodate such requests. Will your company fall apart at the seams? 

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We can't promise anything, but there are definite bonuses to opening your mind (and opening your office). Embracing telecommuting will:

Lower stress levels and boost morale.

With 82 percent of telecommuters reporting lower stress levels, it's hard to argue that allowing for remote work boosts morale. Even if your office seems generally satisfied and content at work, consider the fact that this could produce even more efficient employees.

Improve employee engagement.

Think about how easy it is to go several days without connecting with some of your colleagues. You might see each other in passing, or be on the same email threads, but likely don't spend much time reaching out to each coworker individually. Telecommuting provides an opportunity (and need) to touch base with your team frequently, communicating more often and more thoroughly than they may have before.

Give the people what they want.

Work-life balance and salary still top the charts for deciding factors of new jobs, but this year's Flexjob survey shows that 59% of millennials are looking for the ability to work remotely. A remarkable amount of respondents (83%) who said they sought flexibility at their jobs claimed they would be interested in working from home 100% of the time. That's right, if you want to attract top young talent, you'll have to consider allowing your team some workspace options. With millennials commanding a large portion of the workforce, it's crucial to embrace the changes ahead. 

Reduce unscheduled absences.

Most people that call in "sick" aren't so much ill as they are in need of time to address family issues, personal needs, and stress. Flexible hours allow them to run errands or drop off kids without needing to take an entire day off. Telecommuters who are sick will usually work anyways – working from bed is monumentally better than getting up and heading to a germ-filled office.

Save some money.

Less people in an office means... ? Less office! Automattic, the maker of Wordpress, recently closed its 14,000 square feet of expensive San Francisco real estate, since so much of its workforce already worked from home. Less space and fewer office supplies remove a lot of overhead costs, and even arranging one work-from-home day per week eliminates 52 days a year of heating and lighting expenses. 

Get better candidates.

When hiring, a company is typically limited by geography, local cost of living, and whatever talent is nearby. Telecommuting opens the doors to anybody, in any state, with any kind of living cost or talent. You can be a little more selective (as long as they're comfortable working remotely, of course), and with an improved attrition rate, you're likely to see your team sticking around longer.

The benefits that come to an office that embraces telecommuting cannot be denied. What are you waiting for?

Posted: 11/22/2017 10:08:49 AM by Amanda Wahl | with 0 comments