Have you considered keeping your workforce at home?    Allowing employees to work from home can be a benefit to both the company and worker.  Consider the cost benefits for the employee:

  • The average worker spends around $650.00 per month in transportation costs going to and from work
  • In some cases employees have to pay to park – this could easily exceed $300.00 per month.
  • Employees with children can spend anywhere from $400.00 to $1400.00 per month on day care.
  • The average worker spends 45 minutes to 90 minutes every day commuting.
  • Eating lunch at home is cheaper than preparing meals and taking them to work.
  • People who work at home are less likely to get sick and less likely to spread illnesses when they are sick. (getting sick costs money)
  • People who work at home don’t need to spend as much on clothing.
  • Despite some employer’s fears, recent studies indicate the people who work at home are more productive than their “on location” counter parts.
  • There are some interesting tax benefits for people who work out of their home.

In many cases someone who works at home could take a fairly healthy pay cut while actually making more money.  In other words, both the employee and employer could save money.

Other benefits from the employer standpoint:
  • Less facility costs – office space, lunchrooms, parking lots, desks etc all cost money – work at home employees should save companies considerable expenses even if businesses reimburse workers for home expenses.
  • Less clean up – people make messes.
  • Less Sick Time– many times people who may be sick enough to not come to work, or more than well enough to work at home.
  • Personnel issues such as work place conflict, abuse, petty jealousy, sexual harassment, etc all go away when the majority of your workforce works from home.
What are some downsides?
  • Many people miss the social element of work – not having daily people contact can be a major drawback.
  • Communication can be more difficult
  • Creating engagement without face to face interaction can be more challenging.
  • For some employers, not being able to actively monitor employees can be an issue (even thought studies show work at home employees are more productive.

What should you do to promote engagement in a telecommuting environment?

  • Make sure that you hire people that would thrive in that environment Use Pre-employment assessment to help identify the best people to work at home and be productive.
  • Have more social events that can bring people together.
  • Use technology to help with communication – web conferencing, web cams, chat rooms, social networking sites and more can be used to enable engaging and productive communication throughout your workforce.