The advantages and disadvantages of working remotely continue to be debated. Some argue that telecommuting disrupts the traditional nine to five environment. Others argue that it increases productivity and efficiency. Regardless of which side you’re on, I’m sure we can all agree on one thing: waking up, throwing on a robe, drinking a cup of coffee, and getting the work day started without a commute sounds almost irresistible.
Here’s a few reasons why we think telecommuting is the future of collaboration:
1. Remote workers are less stressed.
Studies show that 46 percent of mobile workers feel less stressed. A lengthy commute to the city, that struggle to find parking and money wasted on dozens of Starbucks coffees adds unnecessary stress to what could have been a productive and relaxing morning.
2. Remote workers are saving money.
Having the option to work from home can save commuters hundreds of dollars in gas money and the cost of eating out during lunch breaks. Providing different ways of working is allowing companies to save as much as 40 to 50 percent of their real estate portfolio.
3. Remote workers are as connected as in-office workers.
In the age of the Internet, resources are now in the palm of our hands. You can work around-the-clock and around the g
lobe. We no longer have to be in the same room to communicate effectively. Cloud-based project management, web and video meetings and remote administration are all supporting the mobile work environment, and remote workers typically have the same tools available to them as in-office workers do.
Tip: Business owners, if your work environment is currently lacking in productivity, experiment with a 50/50 work environment. Allow employees to spend half of their time working in the office and the other half when and where they choose. The results might surprise you.
The bottom line is 64 million U.S. employees, or 50 percent of the workforce, have jobs that are remote-compatible, and this number is only continuing to grow. Effective collaboration is possible if you give it a chance and if you provide your employees with the right tools.
Read our infographic, “Tips and Best Practices for Working Remotely,” to learn more.