Did you know nearly four million employees in the U.S. telecommute?* That’s almost 3% of the entire workforce. Clearly, there must be something to this whole “working-from-home” phenomenon.
Here at Production Solutions, we are proud to have over 40% of our employees telecommute at least a two days per week and the benefits are distinct: no commuting drudgery, the ability to see your family for more hours each day, a personalized office all to yourself – the list goes on. But what about the employer? They see a benefit too with the ability to mine talent from beyond a specific geographic area, provide a more productive workforce, and even reduce overhead from a smaller “in-office” staff. The key to making it work for all organizations can be boiled down to one word: COMPROMISE.
Here are ten tips we use to make our telecommuting processes effective for our overall company and individual employees:
2. Office away from home, while still in-home
3. Iron-clad security system
4. The proper tools (applications) for the job
5. Get out more!
6. No Train, No Gain
7. Be clear about “in-office” hours
8. Prepare for your (video) close-up
9. Sound off on poor audio performance
10. Work/Life Balance!
It takes commitment and focus to be a successful telecommuter, but hopefully these tips can be a starting guide to making it a smoother transition. Every situation is different and the needs of your work environment may require alternate plans. Telecommuting is an excellent option for employees and employers alike, and hopefully it continues to grow with more cultural and technological support.