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Win-Win: Why Allowing Employees to Work Remotely Works for Employers, Too


Win-Win: Why Allowing Employees to Work Remotely Works for Employers, Too


Heather-Roberson-for-web-square.jpgThe American workplace is becoming increasingly mobile. Research from shows that about a quarter of the U.S. workforce now works remotely at least some of the time, and that 80 to 90 percent of U.S. workers say they would like to have the flexibility to do their jobs remotely.            

This shift has forced many companies to reassess their policies toward telework—reluctantly, in some cases. But many managers recognize the trend toward a mobile workforce as the opportunity it is.

One obvious benefit of a remote workforce is that it can cut a company's costs. In a controlled experiment with the travel website Ctrip, allowing call-center employees to work from home saved the company an estimated $1,900/employee in overhead over a nine-month period (as reported in a Harvard Business Review (HBR) article).

It Works Both Ways
From the employee's perspective, there are many perks to working from home. Eliminating the daily commute saves both time and money, not to mention the aggravation of sitting in traffic. Telecommuting also provides a better work/life balance, which is particularly important to working parents.

Beyond that, employees appreciate when their employer trusts them to handle responsibility. Given a well-defined, reasonable goal, they'll strive to meet it whether anyone is looking over their shoulder or not.

Forward-thinking businesses can find a new competitive advantage in utilizing a remote workforce, and can find a new way to attract sought-after employees. 

To learn more about remote working, read Leslie Jorgensen’s blog: Remote Working Gains Ground with Support from New Organization.  

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