So here you are: the weekend is almost over and you are thinking about your Monday morning commute – and the drive home again. Telecommuting may be the answer to your prayers.
Telecommuting is a work arrangement that offers flexibility for employees to work in terms of location and time. It gives both the freedom to work independently from the comfort of your home and the security of a regular pay-check and benefits from your employer.
Although telecommuting is not for everyone (not all jobs can be performed sitting at a remote location) the majority of us believe that it saves time, improves quality of life, reduces the carbon footprint, saves money, and boosts productivity – and of course, it allows more time with our families. An indirect benefit is to your health – as it reduces stress related to compromises between family and work.
Studies point out that people who telecommute balance work and family life better than those who work in an office, but only when flex-time is also part of the plan. One of the bigger surprises is that people actually spend more time working, however they don’t complain, they can be more productive as there is flexibility in time – and it reduces job hopping.
Most enjoy the flexibility of working their own hours, at their own pace, as long as all deadlines are met. The flip side to this is the lack of camaraderie; telecommuting can be rather lonely.
Moreover, one can miss vital pieces of information. Even though most telecommuters enjoy working without a micromanaging supervisor looking over their shoulders, they also admit it’s difficult for them to get a proper review when their employers can’t see them on a day-to-day basis. It’s difficult to stand out in an organisation or be a team player when you’re not there every day.
Telecommuting not only empowers the employee to work from home, it also enables the employer to cut down on utilities and do their bit in reducing the carbon footprint in the world. Absenteeism is curbed among telecommuters because sick workers still work at home and they put in longer hours as they never leave their office.
If you’re easily distracted or like to procrastinate, telecommuting may not be a good choice for you. Before switching from a traditional work environment to working from home, it’s important to carefully evaluate the telecommuting advantages and disadvantages.
For motivated individuals who enjoy working independently and are able to focus on work while at home, telecommuting can be ideal. For those who perform better with close supervision and opportunities to interact with co-workers regularly, this type of job might not be the best choice.
If you have a proven record with your organisation and are keen to telecommute, why don’t you speak to your supervisor today