Allowing your employees to work from home is a business by business decision. But one thing is for certain: It's becoming an increasingly popular option. Some employees excel when they can work in their own environment, while others quickly become distracted. Before you decide which is right for your company, it is important to understand the pros and cons.
- Attract top talent. The marketplace is becoming progressively competitive, so employers need to have an edge to attract the best candidates. Telecommuting options entice stellar employees who are looking for a better work/life balance.
- Increase productivity. While there have been a few contradictory studies, remote work programs generally show dedicated employees are actually able to increase their engagement and efficiency.
- Reduce overhead expenses. For businesses, it goes much further than employee motivation. There are also fewer costs related to keeping an office space open. Your investment in technology and other tools is also reduced.
- Increased distractions. As much as productivity increases, distractions also exist. Some employees may lose focus and shift attention to household chores or other interests.
- Inability to function with a team. Some remote employees also indicate they feel they don't have the same interaction levels as they would have working in an office environment. There are several interactive tools on the market that can help facilitate teamwork.
- Ergonomics, injury, and workers' compensation risks. Lastly, an employer needs to consider the challenges when it comes to insuring remote workers as well as the lack of control over their office spaces and comfort levels.