The Leading Reasons to Let Your Employees Work From Home One Day Each Week
Did you know that one of the best perks you can offer as you seek to fill social media jobs in DC is the option to work from home once a week?
Studies have shown that telecommuting increases levels of employee satisfaction, morale, productivity and loyalty. Researchers at Penn State University recently concluded that telecommuting does not blur boundaries between work and family. Rather, it alleviates conflicts that tend to upset this critical balance. Employees who work from home call out sick less and their work is completed at the same rate as that of their in-office colleagues. And a Stanford University study revealed that employees who work from home are 13 percent more productive.
More Leading Reasons
If the numbers above aren’t enough, here are some additional reasons why telecommuting is good for business:
People Waste Less Time Commuting
This can be huge morale booster. In addition to saving time, your employees save on gas and auto maintenance, or the cost of public transportation, as well as related costs like work clothes, lunches and if applicable, child care. In a nutshell, it makes their lives easier and less stressful.
It’s Easier than Ever Before
Thanks to the Internet and today’s technology, employees can be connected from anywhere, at any time. A wide range of tools – including GoToMeeting and Skype, to name just two – make working remotely easy and efficient. You can use project management tools like Basecamp and Asana to manage remote employees and stay up to date on their activities, just as if they were in the office.
You Save Time and Resources
Overhead costs decrease as you need less office space, utility usage and supplies. A typical business would save $11,000 per year for each employee who telecommutes. Plus, less time is spent on non-productive meetings and informal “water cooler chats” that are ubiquitous to an office environment.
If an employee doesn’t feel 100 percent but isn’t really sick (for instance, cold sufferers), they can still get work done if they aren’t in the office. And it’s healthier for their colleagues, too!
There is Less Burnout
Americans continue to work more than anyone. Getting the job done from home can feel like a much-needed break, even when it comes down to something as simple as wearing your sweatpants and favorite T-shirt.
It’s Good for Your Employer Brand
As word spreads, telecommuting translates into positive PR for your company in the candidate market. Top performers from your competition may be drawn to work for you as a result of this potentially deal-breaking benefit.
Considering offering telecommuting as an added asset to your employee recruitment and benefits package? If you are looking to build your reputation as a leading employer of marketing and communication professionals in the DC marketplace, let Torchlight help. In 2017, we were voted one of the Best Places to Work in the D.C. metro area, in no small part due to our flexible work schedules. Read our related posts or contact us today for more information.