Presentation Title

There's No Workplace Like Home: How Telecommuting Improves Company Productivity

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Location

HUB 260

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Abstract

It’s the dream situation: being paid to stay at home. But is it effective? Dozens of experiments have been conducted which showed that while some people get more work done in the office, giving employees the option to work elsewhere allows for a diverse group of employees with a variety of work and learning habits. The several benefits that research has shown include the freedom of a worldwide hiring radius beyond the worksite and, as a result, a larger pool of skilled employees. A survey was organized which confirmed that people of various career paths who were allowed to work from home consistently reported benefits like: less absenteeism, less disruption of work, more flexible schedules, more control over their lives, more family time, and more work put in. Furthermore, efficiency and education are improved by telecommuting, leading to more productive companies. Concerns regarding telecommuting include suspicions of diminished communication abilities between employers and employees, yet by phasing in telecommuting a couple of times per week, employees would be able to stay in touch and eventually take advantage of technology, such as Net Meeting. Another common concern is the issue of cyber security. Many companies have adapted their security measures in cost effective ways by reorganizing IT infrastructure to better accommodate their telecommuting employees. Although the hesitations regarding telecommuting are understandable, taking steps towards reorganizing the work system would be a positive step for companies. Particularly, telecommuting reevaluates the traditional concept of work and in doing so, increases efficiency and opportunities in the modern business world.

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There's No Workplace Like Home: How Telecommuting Improves Company Productivity

HUB 260

It’s the dream situation: being paid to stay at home. But is it effective? Dozens of experiments have been conducted which showed that while some people get more work done in the office, giving employees the option to work elsewhere allows for a diverse group of employees with a variety of work and learning habits. The several benefits that research has shown include the freedom of a worldwide hiring radius beyond the worksite and, as a result, a larger pool of skilled employees. A survey was organized which confirmed that people of various career paths who were allowed to work from home consistently reported benefits like: less absenteeism, less disruption of work, more flexible schedules, more control over their lives, more family time, and more work put in. Furthermore, efficiency and education are improved by telecommuting, leading to more productive companies. Concerns regarding telecommuting include suspicions of diminished communication abilities between employers and employees, yet by phasing in telecommuting a couple of times per week, employees would be able to stay in touch and eventually take advantage of technology, such as Net Meeting. Another common concern is the issue of cyber security. Many companies have adapted their security measures in cost effective ways by reorganizing IT infrastructure to better accommodate their telecommuting employees. Although the hesitations regarding telecommuting are understandable, taking steps towards reorganizing the work system would be a positive step for companies. Particularly, telecommuting reevaluates the traditional concept of work and in doing so, increases efficiency and opportunities in the modern business world.