Advantages of Telecommuting
Today much focus is being placed on the ability of organizations (private, and public) to increase their productivity, and quality of service. As a result it is necessary to improve the well being of employees, decrease unnecessary costs, and enhance the competitiveness of the organization. Given this, it is no accident that telecommuting, is one of the largest growing areas, in flexible alternative work schedules. The influence of globalization over all aspects, of many economies, also increases the effectiveness of telecommuting. Now, more than ever, many employees are taking advantage of completing their work in an alternative work environment. Advantages can be tangible, such as reduction in office space, or intangible, such as improved family life. Employee advantages include freedom, decreased clothing expenses, and increased moral. Employers also benefit from telecommuting. Reduced absenteeism, and reduced financial cost, are only two reasons why an employer should consider implementing a telecommuting program. There are also environmental advantages to acknowledge, with regards to telecommuting, such as the reduction of traffic, and thereby the reduction of pollution.
Spinning off, from the success of telecommuting, are companies, who offer help, with incorporating telecommuting, such as HOMEWORKS, and JALA International, Inc. Some companies list jobs for people interested in telecommuting positions. Still, there are also professional organizations established to enhance the performance of telecommuters, like the International Telework Association & Council (ITAC) . My personal experience with telecommuting has been so positive that I felt it was necessary to research it's advantages, and success.
WHAT IS TELECOMMUTING?
Telecommuting, also known as telework, is a concept which involves, bringing the work to the worker, instead of traditionally, bringing the worker to work.(2) It substitutes technology for commuting. Instead of reporting to primary work offices, or sites, employees are allowed to work out of their homes or at another alternative work site. This can be in a total, or partial substitution. For most telecommuters, it involves setting up an office space, in the home, including personal computers, faxes, and telephones. However, for some telecommuters, such as myself, it may only involve the completion of paperwork, in which case set-up is not very difficult. Usually there is a written agreement between the employer and the employees explaining who will do what, time frames, and expectations.
Telecommuting, according to Smart Valley Incorporated, can be divided into three types.(2) The first as aforementioned is working out of the home. Secondly, one might consider working out of satellite offices. These are offices set up by the organization, and are remotely located. The benefit is a smaller trip, than the one to the main office. Last, is the ability to access neighborhood...