Why Telecommuting Can Make You a Better Employee

Think you'd be more productive telecommuting for your job? Here are five ways to make the case to your boss.

According to Global Workplace Analytics, telecommuting is on the rise. That may not be a surprise, but there is mounting evidence that telecommuting increases employee engagement and productivity. Here are some ways telecommuting produces better employees all around:
  1. Telecommuters log more hours – A Forbes article published in 2014 indicates that  telecommuting employees log four hours more than employees who work solely in the office. There could be any number of reasons for this, but one of them is likely because telecommuting employees don't spend any time driving to and from work. Another reason is because they also tend to log into their computers and work remotely during off-duty hours.
  2. Telecommuters are more engaged – As previously noted, telecommuting increases employee engagement. That could be due to fewer distractions in an office full of other employees. 
  3. Some telecommuters are more productive – Productivity among telecommuting employees shows mixed results. Still, among those employees who are more productive while telecommuting, evidence shows that their productivity increases even when they're sick. Telecommuting employees take fewer days off and shorter breaks, which, coupled with more hours on the clock, leads to greater productivity.
  4. Telecommuting saves employers money – Since employers could downsize their office space, spend less on electricity and other overhead expenses, cut down on absenteeism and turnover, and increase productivity, an average savings per employer could be $11,000 per year per employee.
  5. Telecommuters communicate more efficiently – Since telecommuters are forced to rely on modern technology to communicate, they tend to focus more on communicating effectively. Instead of walking to the boss's office, they're more likely to use email, chat, and cloud-based tools designed to increase efficiency and productivity. 
Telecommuting isn't for everyone. Some people work better with supervision while others excel without it. Plus, the nature of your job may be that telecommuting would interfere with performance rather than enhance it, or it may not be practical. For instance, if certain company-owned assets  necessary for your job are on premises and it would be costly or impractical for you to take them home, then telecommuting may not be an option. If you think your company could benefit from you working at home, talk to your manager about your company's telecommuting policy.
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