Working Remotely: Trend or Future of Work?

If you Google “remote working” you’ll come across a slew of articles about how telecommuting is on the rise. This Tech Cocktail article says 6.1 million individuals in the U.S. are currently considered remote workers, and that number is only projected to rise. Despite Marissa Mayer’s famous opposition to it, working remotely has had some really good press lately, and it’s not hard to see why.

Here are three big reasons working remotely is good for you and your empoyees:

1. No Commute

Commuting can suck up an exorbitant amount of time, and considering we each only get 24 hours in the day it is important to capitalize on what little we have. Besides time, commuting can be expensive.  When you have a 90-minute train ride each way, you’re spending train fare and three hours’ time, and we all know that time is money. Finally, commuting is four times worse for women than men, according to this piece in When a big commute digs into family matters, its usually best to look for another job.

2. Round-the-Clock Work

When not all of your employees are in the same time zone, work can be done round-the-clock. This is especially useful when it comes to putting out fires and having quick, urgent turnarounds. This quote in Forbes says it well:  “Having remote and virtual employees is not only a way to get things done round the clock, without commuting, and with hard-to-find skill sets but is also a way to meet the needs of employees who don’t want to or can’t live near the mother ship.”

3. Quality of Talent

When you don’t have to worry about the location constraint, you can retain top talent from anywhere. Imagine the difference between the talent pool in your city and the talent pool in your state. If you’re not worried about keeping it local, you can open your talent search up to the whole nation or, if you’re really open, the world. Talent is limitless when you hire remote workers.

Sure, it makes sense for some companies in some fields to work in-office (we couldn’t very well have chefs in every restaurant telecommute) but for many companies, working remotely is a huge benefit and a big draw for potential employees. If this isn’t something you allow your employees to do, perhaps it’s time to reconsider.

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