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Telecommuting has many benefits, not only for the employee and the employer, but also for the environment. Of course, you won't be able to directly see those environmental benefits, but they are there.
Probably the best benefit for the telecommuting employee is avoiding the commute. For some people this saves a half hour or less a day, but for others it cuts two or more hours out that would otherwise be spent on the road. If you’re telecommuting, you don’t get stuck in traffic jams and you spend less on gas.
The lack of a commute is also excellent for the family. No time is lost driving to or from work. That means more time with your loved ones without cutting back on your hours. However, this does not mean you can do without daycare for the kids. Most people will still be most productive with the kids in school or daycare.
Telecommuting often offers a great deal of flexibility in your working hours. Need some time off during the day? You might be able to work at night!
The flexibility extends to where you can live. If you are working 100% telecommute you can live just about anywhere. On the other hand, if you only telecommute a couple days a week you will still need to live near your office.
Yet another advantage is that you do not need to dress up to telecommute. While most telecommuters do not actually work in their pajamas, they do typically dress more casually than those in the office.
Telecommuting is also of great benefit to those with physical difficulties. They can arrange their offices to suit their needs.
As a telecommuter, you are very much in charge of your day. If you aren't a self starter, telecommuting is probably not for you. If you want to telecommute be prepared to demonstrate that you can be responsible for getting your job done without supervision.
Telecommuting Concerns for Employees
Telecommuting also presents challenges for employees. Review these concerns so that you know more about what you're getting into when you want to telecommute.
Benefits of Telecommuting for Employers
Many employers have doubts about how they will benefit by allowing telecommuting. However, there are benefits to them.
Telecommuting Concerns for Employers
What does an employer need to watch out for when allowing employees to telecommute?
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