In our last post, we shared how DataComm technologies such as cloud computing, VoIP phone systems, and video conferencing can help you best manage your work from home employees.
Just ten years ago, limits to technology made legitimate, full-time work from home opportunities seem like a thing of the very distant future. But now that modern conveniences have proved their worth when it comes to work from home arrangements, it’s time for employers to consider the very real benefits to hiring work from home employees.
Why Hire Work From Home Employees?
Increased Employee Productivity & Engagement
There’s a misconception that work from home employees will be less involved in work and thus less productive than their on-site counterparts. Research has shown that this simply isn’t true. According to Gallup’s recent “State of the American Workplace” study, work from home and remote employees are more engaged (32%) than on-site workers (28%). What’s more, a mobile workforce logs 46 hours of work per week, while on-site workers only log 42. Various studies have found that workers’ productivity increases anywhere from 15%-45% when they work from home.
One suggested reason for the heightened productivity of work from home employees? Since they’re not in an office surrounded by coworkers that can distract them, it’s easier for work from home employees to get consumed in the task at hand until it is complete. Furthermore, work from home employees gain a sense of autonomy when working off-site, which leads to improved performance and efficiency. Of course, the key to gaining successful work from home employees is establishing boundaries and expectations, as we covered in our last post.
Can work from home employees save a company money? According to a study from Telework Research Network, yes, they can! Companies could save $6,500 per employee per year if they allowed employees to work from home just one day per week. Imagine the cost savings if that number increased. It makes sense that hiring work from home employees would lower costs — it leads to savings in office materials, coffee, utility bills, and even toilet paper! A company could even avoid upgrading to a more expensive office building by having work from home employees and thus requiring less on-site workspaces.
Another monetary perk? Disengaged employees cost US companies $450 – $550 billion per year. Since work from home employees are more engaged than their on-site counterparts, a business can avoid this lost revenue by switching more workers to remote status.
Increased Hiring Flexibility
When you limit your workers to on-site positions, you also limit your talent pool — which means that your geographical limitations could be preventing you from hiring the best. When hiring work from home employees, you’re free to go after the candidates that impress you the most regardless of their physical location! Ultimately, this will also save your company money, as you’ll have more engaged workers who will drive your overall success.
Want to Start Hiring Work From Home Employees?
If the benefits of hiring work from home employees sound too good to pass up, then you need to partner with DataComm to create an effective telecommunications system for your business. With video conferencing, VoIP phone systems, cloud computing, and more, you set your company and its work from home employees up for success.
Contact DataComm today to learn more about our work from home telecommunications systems, or call (262) 207-1100 today.
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