Trends in business change every day. One trend that appears to be gaining momentum is telecommuting, but is it a trend at all? There are plenty of ideas around whether telecommuting is good for business or not. Some of the questions raised are, “Will it make employees more productive? Will they be happier, lonelier, more connected or less? What are the benefits to the company?” These are all issues to consider when deciding if telecommuting is a good fit for your company’s culture.

Some studies show there are tremendous benefits to telecommuting. We’ve laid out several pros and cons below:

Pros

  • Telecommuters work longer hours, as they aren’t wasting time travelling.
  • Telecommuters have more control over their lives, which leads to less stress, more happiness, and more productivity.
  • Employees can take advantage of their most productive hours, even if that is the middle of the night, and can adapt their working hours to their lifestyle.
  • Telecommuters are often more productive.
  • Self-reliance and time management skills are encouraged by telecommuting.
  • Telecommuting also gives employers more freedom to hire skilled individuals without the cost of moving them across the globe.
  • Telecommuting saves the organization and the employee money.

Consthe flip side

  • Telecommuters may suffer burnout if they work too much.
  • A lack of socialization for many who crave social interaction can bring about depression and loneliness.
  • Poor time management skills may lead to a lack of productivity
  • Telecommuting can lead to a break down in communication due to distance.
  • Telecommuting can require a more time than usual to setup a home office.

For both manager and employee, successful telecommuting takes strong communication, time management skills, and clarity of job responsibilities. We are seeing more and more people desiring an independent working environment. But in the end, whether telecommuting will work or not, depend on the company’s culture and the employees’ mindset. Tell us what you think; will telecommuting be the way most businesses are organized in the future or will it fade out?

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