Telecommuting increases productivity. Is it for you?

Telecommuting is great and I should know. I have a long (50 min. each way) commute to work 4 days a week. That 5th day (well actually Tuesday) I get to telecommute…and I love it.

Telecommuting is great for me, but is it for you? Studies show it helps increase employee productivity. Plus, it saves employers and employees time and money. And, it leads to greenhouse gas reductions.

Let’s start with productivity. In 2009, Cisco announced the findings of their survey, an in-depth study of about 2,000 employees, and found that productivity due to telecommuting generated about $277 million in annual savings for the company. Employees also reported improved quality of life, improved collaboration, and greater timeliness of work.

Moving on to saving time and money, an area where employees report fewer distractions and only attending meetings critical to their job. And, with fewer office-based employees, you need less office space. Plus, when hiring new employees, you can eliminate re-location expenses. According to Global Workplace Analytics, IBM slashed real estate costs by $50 million and Nortel saves about $100,000 per employee they don’t have to re-locate.

Lastly, telecommuting helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It’s great for our earth, and that means it’s good for all of us. Maybe you’re wondering how letting employees telecommute reduces the carbon dioxide in the air. It’s based on the number of miles one drives (or doesn’t because they’re telecommuting). I save an estimated $2,800 a year by telecommuting one day a week and reduce greenhouse gases by about 2,200 pounds.

Use the telework calculator and discover just how much money you could be saving while reducing pollution. Zoom. Zoom.

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2 Responses to Telecommuting increases productivity. Is it for you?

  1. Leona Simons November 27, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    I think that’s true for most people. I, for one, am working from home and it doesn’t only lets me save money from commuting, it also give me an opportunity to be with my family more. Although I guess there can be perks like being more prone to distractions and not having to interact more socially compared to an office setting. In my case though, I made sure to manage my time, and my work space is located where no one can disturb/distract me while I’m working. I also find time to still go out or chat with other virtual coworkers whenever I feel isolated.
    I’m actually not surprised if telecommuting will become an in demand job in the near future,
    here’s a nice infograph about the future of telecommuting, something worth reading as well.
    Great blog, btw!


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