Should You Let Your Employees Telecommute?

It seems like more and more people each day switch to telecommuting. Your employees may have even asked you in the past if telecommuting at your company is allowed… However, how do you know if telecommuting is for you and your business?

Can the work actually be done from home?

This is the very first question that should be thought about. Obviously, some jobs cannot be done from home, such as a retail cashier position. Someone needs to be at the store, unless you have a purely online store.

Other work can be iffy, where the employee just needs a computer. If they can truly work from home, then what is stopping you from letting them do so?

Should You Let Your Employees Telecommute?Will the employees have to come into the office every now and then?

If you decide that telecommuting should be considered for your company, you need to think about how much telecommuting will be allowed. Will all employees be allowed to telecommute? Will they be allowed to telecommute a few days a week, or will it be an all the time type of thing? This should be thought about and communicated to your employee from the beginning.

Will your employee actually complete enough work from home?

Not every single employee is meant for the telecommuting lifestyle. Some employees may find it very hard to stay motivated, and they may easily get off track and do other things (such as watch TV, workout, etc.). You need to evaluate individual employees and see if it’s not only a good fit for the company, but also if it’s a good fit for the individual employee as well.

Other things to think about include:

  • Can you trust your employees? Will they actually get work done?
  • Will your employees be more motivated working from home? I know that for me, I would be more motivated because I would have more time to work and enjoy life since I wouldn’t have to spend so much time commuting and getting ready each day.
  • Is confidential information still safe? If your employees are working from home, you want to make sure that any information that is supposed to be confidential is still confidential.
  • Will you save money? If you have all or some employees telecommuting, you may be able to save money. This can include saving money through having a smaller business building, utility costs, and so on.

 

Have you decided to let your employees telecommute?

 

Image via Flickr by Sean MacEntee

 

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