When I work from home, I get an incredible amount done. Because there isn’t anyone to interrupt me during the day, I stay intensely focused and tackle big projects. I’m not sidetracked by household chores or personal errands – my husband can attest to that. In fact, I generally put in longer hours at home because I start early in the morning (in pajamas) and continue well-into the evening (usually in jeans and no makeup).
The concept of working from home is attractive to a lot of employees, and much of the research I’ve seen shows it can really help boost employee morale. Plus, it can save your business money. The more telecommuting employees you have, the less office space you’ll need. But it’s not uncommon for small business employers to be a little uncomfortable with the concept. How do you know if it’s right for your company?
First, there are certain people in your organization that must be in the office because of the nature of their job. Secondly, for an employee to be given the opportunity to work from home you absolutely must trust them and they should be solid performers. If an employee isn’t producing good results or if they need continual supervision then telecommuting isn’t going to be a viable option.
Once you decide telecommuting might work for some of your employees you need to establish criteria and create a plan. Also, make sure you have the necessary technology in place to ensure the employee has what’s needed to perform job functions seamlessly. Before you make a firm commitment, I recommend a trial period so you can evaluate the employee’s effectiveness.
The flexibility of working from home is important to a lot of employees who are trying to balance work and family. It can also save the employee money on transportation costs which in turn is better for the environment. However, it’s your choice. You are the only one who can decide whether it’s right for your business. If you aren’t comfortable with the arrangement, then it’s doomed to fail.