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Telecommuting – The New Workplace Trend?

Published: May 25, 2016

As companies as growing, they are constantly looking to save money and increase employee satisfaction. Across Canada, telecommuting has become a way forward to do just that.

WestJet airlines has been doing this successfully within their call centres since 2013, having 85% of their 900 workers in Calgary working remotely.  The cost of expanding their offices to accommodate its growing staff was much less when their main expenditures became the purchasing of computers so their staff could work from home.

Telecommuting allows businesses to expand without adding the additional office expenses. As the use of technology rises, the ease of telecommuting does as well. Statistics Canada reported on the subject back in 2010 with 23% of paid employees working from home at least once a week. These numbers are only rising today. Monster Canada currently has 5000 home based employment positions currently listed on their website which has increased by almost 20% from the previous year. These jobs are ranging from sales to call centres, to finance and support.

What are the employee benefits for telecommuting?

More personal time. By cutting out the daily commute, employees are able to get more out of their workday.
Less expenses. No more coffee runs and lunches out, not to mention gas costs. These small things add up to employees.
More freedom and job satisfaction. With the ability to work from home, employees have more flexibility on when they accomplish the bulk of their work. Whether it be early mornings where typically an office wouldn’t be open to allow them to come in or later on in the evenings once they put their children to sleep and have uninterrupted time.

What do employers need to do to accommodate telecommuting?

  1. Track their employees’ time.  Having more mobile employees means employers need to have a good time tracking system in place to ensure their staff is recording their hours accurately and staying on task with their job duties.
  2. Save on office space, expand their technology.  Adding more computers and cloud options for their staff will accommodate this new trend.  Cutting back the office space will help offset the costs of new technology.

With telecommuting on the rise, businesses need to look and see if that would be a good option for them and whether it would improve their companies productivity and employee satisfaction.

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