A new survey shows companies that offer the option of telecommuting are getting better productivity from their employees.
The research by CompTIA also shows the telecommuting option can result in lower costs, improved employee health and more options for finding and retaining qualified staff.
More than two-thirds of survey respondents said their organization has experienced greater worker productivity as a result of allowing employees to telecommute either full-time or part-time. Improved productivity is principally due to workers spending less time getting to and from work.
“With ‘anywhere’ connectivity, faster broadband options and high-quality video and online conferencing choices, the opportunity for virtual offices is greater today and more affordable for businesses of all sizes and types,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA.
Companies that utilize telecommuting are also benefiting from cost savings through reduced use of office-related materials, resources and lower vehicle-related expenses. Nearly six out of ten identified cost savings as a significant benefit.
Telecommuting is also helping organizations find and keep qualified staff, and keep their employees healthier.
According to the CompTIA survey, 39 percent of respondents said their companies have access to more qualified staff, especially those who may not otherwise be geographically accessible, because they offer telecommuting as an option. Another 37 percent said telecommuting helps their organization improve employee retention. One-quarter of survey respondents said telecommuting improves employee health, mainly through reduced stress levels associated with commuting to and from work.
Other benefits of telecommuting, as revealed in the survey, include promotion of safety through reduced highway use; and environmental benefits.