Working from home is good
My previous discussion about working from home can be found here.
People are living farther and farther away from work. Often this is due to the high cost of homes and or a preference in lifestyle. Longer commute times can attribute to employee tardiness and overall performance. If an employee is commuting for an hour, it wouldn’t be surprising to find they are tired at the start of their shift. Working from home can alleviate some of these issues.
For the employer there is a potential that the employee might end up using their commute time to do work. The employee wandering over from their bedroom to their computer terminal at home would certainly not be as exhausted as battling morning rush hour traffic. Not to mention, many employees on finally reaching the office will often opt for hitting up the coffee machine. Thus, more time wasted. After that, many employees will often check their email, Facebook, Twitter etc.
Weather is also a significant factor when reviewing employee performance. Especially, in colder climates such as Canada. Even a small predicted snow storm can delay an employees’ commute time extensively.
Not to mention, employees will want to beat traffic on the way home and could opt for wanting to leave earlier.
All of the above directly affects employee performance.
Another positive aspect of working from home is the reduction of real estate costs for the employer. Smaller employers could easily manage a business with smaller and more cost efficient office space. It’s no surprise that virtual business stations are becoming more and more popular. The need for an actual physical space is no longer a necessity.
With the reduction in costs the employer could provide employees with additional tools to assist them. For example, purchasing high powered scanners, subsidizing an employees’ internet or administrative costs. Even if the employer was to provide these subsidies it would still be nothing compared to paying a monthly commercial lease for a large space.
Employees working from home could save in vehicle maintenance and fuel costs, clothing costs, childcare and even food. Employees and employers could consider these savings when discussing salary.
Both employers and employees would also benefit from sick days. An employee working from home might not require sick days or a full sick day. Perhaps, the opportunity to get some rest in the morning allows for them to work more productively later on. More importantly, could working from home even result in healthier employees physically and mentally? Imagine, not having to scrape the ice off your windshield in minus 20 weather. Instead, relaxing from home with comfortable clothing and a soothing ambience. Not to mention the stress associated with having to attend work on time. Could this lead to reductions in employee claims as per an employers’ insurance group plan?
Overall, it seems that working from home has tremendous benefits to both the employer and employee.