Wednesday, June 13, 2012

work from home fridays.

In today's fast-paced world, people are constantly searching for ways to find the perfect work-life balance. The good news is that many companies are starting to offer great benefits, such as flex time, job sharing, and even work-from-home options...   Employers are finding that these benefits allow them to motivate and retain employees that are critical to their operations.

Today many companies primary method of communication is through technology.  Even employees in the same building on the same floor communicate via email, social media, blogs, instant messengers etc...  Many companies take advantage of online meetings, remote computer access, wireless technology, and conferencing systems as a way for employees nationally or globally to join conference or discussions.  No matter where we are in the world, in a clients office, at the airport, or conference, or sitting at home--- where we are physically is no longer a limitation.  We are virtually able to work anytime from anywhere.

Those that are given the opportunity have benefited from the flexibility of working from home--- even if just one day a week.

  • Increased productivity: employees that work from home see an increase in productivity due to personal flexibility, commute time is reduced, and work is not limited by the traditional 9-5 work day schedule.

  • Extended Knowledge:  Geographically dispersed teams have access to different market opportunities.   These opportunities provide knowledge that can be beneficial to the organization.

  • Cost savings- These are cost savings for both the employee and employer, space, equipment, parking, lunches etc.  There is even a possibility of lower health insurance costs.  The link between stress and health has been proven in many studies.  Employees who have more flexibility in schedules tend to be happier.  Happy employee = Healthy employee = Lower Health insurance costs.

Of course there are some disadvantages with working from home. One of the best ways to find out if it is right for you is to start part time.   Work from home Fridays.   Be sure to set (and meet) expectations with your employer!

Would you take advantage of the ability to work from home?  Would you want to do it full time or part time?  How would you convince your employer that this setup makes sense?