Allowing Employees to Work From Home Might be a Better Idea Than You Think

Having your employees work from home might seem like a risky switch. But if they spent most of their time sitting in front of a computer in the office, what’s stopping them from doing that at home if they’re comfortable with that? It doesn’t have to mean a loss of control or negative outcomes for your business. In fact, quite the opposite can be true. Here are some of the reasons why it’s a better idea than you might think.

Time Won’t be Wasted on Commuting

Many productive hours are wasted each year because of commuting and transport running late or breaking down. That doesn’t need to be the case if you allow your employees to work from home. They will not need to leave the house before they get to work, so lost time of that kind won’t become an issue for your business. It’s also much better for the environment if your employees don’t need to commute to work.

Productivity Should Rise

There are many ways to monitor employee productivity. And time and attendance software can be used even when they’re working from home. You should find that people become more productive when they’re free to work in their own environment. People are generally more comfortable at home than in the office, and when people are more comfortable, they tend to be more productive as well. So, that’s one reason to definitely give this idea a try.

Employees Will be Happier

Employees are often happier when they’re given the option to work from home. It provides them with more flexibility, and as mentioned above, they don’t need to deal with the stress and frustration that often comes with commuting. They’ll be able to spend more time with their families rather than sitting in traffic jams or running to catch that train. It’s an easier and more laid back way of starting and ending the working day.

Office Costs Can Fall

If you don’t have too many people working for your company in the office, you won’t need a huge office space. For many small businesses, the costs of renting an office can be pretty high, especially if you want to be located in the middle of a city. It’s much easier to allow people to work from home and then operate a slightly smaller office that meets your needs precisely.

Your Net Will Widen

To put it simply, you will be able to attract more talent to come and work for your business if you offer the flexibility of working from home. If you only hire people who live near your headquarters, then you’re immediately limiting your business. But if you allow people to work from home, in theory, you could hire anyone, no matter where they are located in the world. That helps you widen the net and maybe uncover new talent.

As you can see, there are plenty of good reasons to allow employees to work from home. So, be sure to give some serious thought to this option.

About Will Chatham

Will Chatham is an Information Security Analyst, OSCP, Ethical Hacker, and Penetration Tester at a federal data center in Asheville, NC. Since Netscape 2.0, he has worked in a wide array of environments including non-profit, corporate, small business, and government. His varied background, from developer to search engine optimizer to security professional, has helped him build a wide range of skills that help those with whom he works and teaches.

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