As organizations struggle to keep their employees engaged and motivated, could offering flexible work options be the missing ingredient? Studies show that providing teleworking opportunities as an incentive could increase engagement, motivation, and ultimately productivity.
What is Telework
Telework or telecommute is a flexible arrangement in which employees can work from outside the workplace. In most cases, teleworkers work from their home or in other remote locations. However, even though some organizations are increasingly embracing the idea of telework, many frowns upon this type of flexible workplace arrangement. Could it be because of the common myths about telework?
So why are more employers not offering teleworking opportunities?
4 Common Misconceptions about Telework
- Employees work harder when they are in an office. In fact, studies show that people who are allowed a flex schedule work harder than their in-office counterparts.
- Teleworking is only for mothers, women, and millennials. Sorry to disappoint you but present implications of new findings that the majority of teleworkers are men (71%), not women or Millennials.
- Teleworking requires expensive computer equipment. Not really. Most telecommuters use regular laptops purchased or loaned to them by their companies.
- Teleworkers are out of sight, out of mind. Not so. Effective communication is essential whether the employee works in the office or not. Teleworkers typically share their schedule with their bosses so that they can be reachable. They are also available via emails, Skype conference calls, and instant messaging.
Benefits to all Involved
Teleworking offers flexibility that benefits both employees and organizations. This type of flexibility provides more control over work schedule, where employees can plan their work around other demands in their everyday life. It also saves organizations cost in overhead cost. When employees are teleworking, they can work out of their home or at a coffee shop or any remote areas, they agreed upon with their employers. These types of benefits improve retention and decrease turnover because employees feel like they have a sense of loyalty to the organization.
Is Telework the Future?
There might be jobs that require employees to be at the actual job-site– for example construction jobs. However, most jobs can be performed from remote locations. Moreover, teleworking is another innovative way to improve performance and productivity by helping millions of people to do work they enjoy while still being able to balance the demands of family and career. Plus with the advance of technology what is stopping telework from becoming the future workforce.