Bosses who do not embrace the practice of telecommuting do so for three primary reasons – reasons that are considered myths by human resource professionals.
# 1 – Telecommuters Regularly Slack Off
Some bosses believe that workers who work at home have more of a tendency to slack off. However, a manager cannot stand over you in the workplace any easier than they can watch over you virtually. If the work gets done, it is shown through collaborating with colleagues and e-mail messaging. In multinational companies, you are already corroborating your work with team members, each of whom is scattered at various corporate locations.
Workplace strategists state that it does not matter if an employee is 8 time zones away or 8 feet outside a boss’s office, everyone works virtually. In other words, the staff has already left the building. Therefore, telecommuting can be just as productive as working in the office this day and age.
#2 – Employees Who Telecommute Are Not as Productive
Here, again, another myth. If a worker has the right space in which to work as well as the right equipment, they can work as efficiently at home as they can in an office environment. In fact, research reveals that one of the advantages of telecommuting is the capacity to concentrate.
According to one workplace specialist, “. . . [C]acophony at the office . . . especially in an open office . . . [makes it hard to concentrate].” Indeed, the Dell Company might second that notion as its workforce telecommutes from home at least part of the time. Plus, the company has not noticed any reduction in productivity. That is why the company hopes to double the employees who telecommute by 2020.
Workplace specialists suggest that productivity is easier to promote when people are not stressed. Skipping a long and laborious commute can save a worker in terms of money, time and sanity. A Gallup report confirms this belief. According to the survey, remote workers log, on average, four additional hours each than employees who work on-site.
#3 – Company Culture and Collaboration Suffer When Employees Work at Home
While working at home can be isolating, it can also cause workers to participate more in company projects and departmental tasks. Surveys conducted by Ernst & Young and Gallup found that workers who telecommute one or two days per week show extra interest when they are working on-site.
From all indications, working from home can be a boon for a business. When a boss sees the benefits of telecommuting, he or she will be able to obtain more in the way of motivation from his or her staff.