Have you ever considered allowing your employees to telecommute in order to increase employee engagement? If not, maybe it’s time you should. According to a recent survey by Gallup, a research firm with a business focus, employees who are most engaged are those who telecommute about 20-percent of the time. We aren’t saying that your employees should telecommute full-time, but it should be an option if you want to keep your employees satisfied. Our recruiters at Atlas Consulting have designed this post to help your organization understand how telecommuting increases employee engagement.
Let’s discuss the benefits to employees who have the opportunity to telecommute. Employees who are able to work from home have less commuting-related expenses and increased flexibility with their schedule. Work-life balance is extremely important to employees, so that added flexibility is definitely a crucial part to employee engagement. Other benefits that employees experience are increased happiness, and increased loyalty to their organization. This means they are willing to devote more hours to work!
Telecommuting doesn’t just benefit employees either. There are several benefits for your organization as well. For each full-time employee who works remotely, businesses save an average of $20,000 per year. This also frees up physical office space in buildings that are sometimes too cramped. Another great benefit of telecommuting is increased productivity by employees. According to a report from the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, employee productivity increased by 22-percent when telecommuting was allowed. Decreased turnover rate is also a benefit to companies. The same report mentioned above states that allowing employees to work remotely reduces employee turnover by nearly 50-percent.
If your organization still fears that employees may not be as productive when they are at home, there are still some things you can do to “check-in” on them. For example, supervisors can talk with their employees each day and give them a daily to-do list. They can also include employees on conference calls and department meetings. Just be careful of suffocating your employees and avoid micromanaging. Another thing to make clear to supervisors who have employees working from home is that employees aren’t always working. Yes, they will be working the majority of the time, but you can’t expect them to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you’re interested in more information about telecommuting and how it can work for your business, contact one of our expert recruiters at Atlas Consulting Group today.