In the last few years, many employers have found creative ways in which to employ new employees in a variety of settings. Offering flexible work schedules, telecommuting and even remote work locations, organizations are providing a spectrum of employment opportunities to potential job candidates all over the country.
When considering the establishment of a telecommuting work program for your employees, there are a variety of dynamics to be considered. Since flextime is often the easiest telecommuting program to implement, many employers will begin with the flextime program and then move forward to other work environment options as needed and warranted.
When considering a more expanded program for employment, many employers will opt to move to home based employment offering employees the option to work from home. As a method to contain costs, there are many advantages to home employment as employees are offered a more peaceful environment and permitted to avoid the issues associated with commuting by car, bus or train, allowing more time to focus on productivity.
Beyond flextime and home based employment, employers may even turn to remote work centers. Considered the most costly of all telecommuting options, remote work stations are often office locations, where several employees are housed, providing a unique opportunity to create a team of employees in a location not central to the corporate office. Disadvantages to the displacement of the employees in a remote location, primarily involves the cost of executing the location. Often, these locations carry more diverse groups of employees with different communication needs that those at the corporate level.
When considering any type of telecommuting program, first it is important to assess not only your business needs but also the needs of your employees. Once the business and employee needs are established, investigate, thoroughly, the cost associated with each type of telecommuting and weigh the options carefully. Creating a budget for flexible work plans is crucial and, often, many companies will find the costs associated with remote work centers does not outweigh the advantages of hiring employees in remote locations and forcing them into an office to work.
As with any telecommuting program, finding the right fit for your organization is key to optimal outcomes in terms of work productivity, efficiency and promoting revenue. As with any employment based program, consider all options, including costs and benefits to employees, for making the transition from the traditional work setting in an 8 to 5 work schedule.