When it comes to working from home, everybody wins! In our last article, we looked at how employees win because working from home saves them time and money by not having to commute. Employers are the other group that can benefit by working from home enabling them to do more business and increase their productivity. In the following paragraphs we will outline the benefits to employers who allow their staff to work from home.
Saving on Office Space
Renting or owning office space is one of the biggest expenses of operating a business, and as your business grows, so does the need for more floor space. Adding more staff when you don’t have the physical room to do it can make the work environment uncomfortable and affect employee morale and productivity. No one likes to be crowded into a space that cannot accommodate the very human need for elbow room. One of the easiest ways to save money from having to upgrade to a bigger facility while keeping your employees happy and productive is to have your employees work remotely. It’s easier and cost effective to implement the use of remote technology for your business and is a better solution than finding and paying for more work space.
Saving on Operating Expenses
operating an office can consume a lot of your company’s budget. More people coming to work means higher operating costs. An expanding office staff leads to expanding expenses. An increase in your company’s utility bill is just the tip of the iceberg; there are many other costs like paper, coffee, cups and all the other small items that are needed in the office. These items alone are not a big deal, but when you add all the costs up the number would shock any manager.
Improving Employee Morale
In our last article, we looked at how 25% of office workers interviewed admitted that they would take a reduction in salary if it meant that they could work from home. The same survey also revealed that 78% of employees would forgo a free meal for the opportunity to work from home. This means that your attempts to improve office morale by providing employees with perks like food, may be better spent by just giving them the option to work from home.
Saving on Technology Expenses
by allowing your staff to work from home your business will save on the cost of technology. The traditional arrangement for employees that come to the office is that you provide them with a workstation. Purchasing and operating computers is a major business expense and in many work-from-home scenarios, you can require employees to use their personal computers. In most cases, the employee will be happy to use their personal equipment if it means doing work from their couch. Quikteks can help provide your at-home workers with remote IT support to keep their computers running smoothly insuring that your company’s operations won’t be hindered by downtime.
The biggest benefit employer’s gain by having their team work from home is that employees become more productive. In a study by CompTIA Research, it was discovered that 67% of businesses that implemented a work from home policy saw an increase in productivity. This increase in productivity can be attributed to many things. The biggest factor may be that your office is full of distractions. Working from home eliminates dealing with the day to day dramas that some people bring into the office. People also save time and become more focused when they do not have to spend time chit chatting with fellow employees.
As you can see, working from home doesn’t just benefit employees; employers come out on top too! Implementing a work-from-home policy may require adding remote networking tools so that employees can connect to your company’s network from anywhere. You will also want to implement a strong network security solution because working remotely means there will be more network access points to cover. There are a host of solutions that will allow you to stay connected and monitor your home-based workers so that you can feel confident about their performance. To learn more about what it takes for your business to implement remote technology, give Quikteks a call at 973-882-4644.