Over the past few decades, there has been a growing trend of allowing employees to work from home either as a supplement to or instead of, working in an office. The benefits of telecommuting are obvious from an employee standpoint, and many Americans appreciate or would appreciate that flexibility. That being said, many business owners are reluctant to allow this, fearing a lack of productivity, teamwork, and connectedness. However, here are five reasons, some business owners may want to rethink their position.
- Employee Engagement – The list of benefits to working from home is near endless. And most employees today understand that. Whether simply the flexibility to work from home occasionally or the ability to work from all of the time, employees can better balance work and life. This will make employees happier with their job, more productive, and less likely to leave your company. Employee engagement is something every employer looks for, and this is a very easy way to improve it.
- Office Space Savings – Operating an office can be expensive. By allowing employees to work from home part of the time, the electricity costs, equipment costs, and office supply costs will be dramatically reduced. By allowing your team to permanently work from home, you eliminate all of those costs, as well as the overhead of an office space. This can be a significant savings to either increase profitability, allow you to hire additional talent, or put the money to use somewhere else within the company.
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