One of the growing trends right now is telecommuting. Technology has advanced to the point where it is possible to work from home, connecting to the office via broadband connection. Telecommuting isn’t just convenient; it’s also cost-effective in a number of ways. And it isn’t just a cost-saver for workers. Employers can save money when they allow workers to telecommute.
How Telecommuting Can Save You Money
As you might imagine, the biggest way that telecommuting can save you money is in commuting costs. Instead of driving, and spending money on gasoline, you can save when you work from home. Even if you work from home only two or three days a week, that can add up to substantial savings in gasoline. If you pay for some sort of mass transit, you might also save money when you telecommute.
Another way you save is in needing a smaller wardrobe. When you work from home, you don’t need the same number of professional outfits. Plus, the clothing you do have will last longer since you are wearing — and laundering — it less.
Don’t forget, too, that many people who go into work spend more money on meals. If you eat out when you go in to work, or hit up the vending machines, you might be surprised at how much you are spending. Working at home some of the time means that you have access to meals that are more cost-efficient — and you might have access to healthier snacks, since you can rely on fresh fruit, rather than eating what’s in a vending machine.
How Telecommuting Benefits Employers
Employers can also benefit when they allow workers to telecommute. Here are some of the ways that employers might be able to save when their workers are able to work part of the week from home:
- Reduction in overhead costs: One of the most obvious ways that employers can save is in overhead costs. Less power is needed when workers are at home, and less space is needed in the office.
- Increased productivity: Recent studies have indicated that productivity increases when workers can accomplish some of their tasks from home. This makes the whole company more efficient, and helps the bottom line.
- Better job satisfaction: Additionally, many telecommuters report increased job satisfaction. A happy employee is less likely to look for a job, reducing employer costs related to turnover and training new employees.
- Ability to expand job pool: Once an employer establishes a policy of allowing remote workers, its job pool expands. It is possible to hire people who might not find it practical to drive in to work every day. Employers can hire more quality people without being limited so much by geography.
There are plenty of jobs that lend themselves to telecommuting, even if it is only two or three days a week. With the right planning in place, it’s possible for employees and employers to benefit from this arrangement.
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