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Working from Home: Persuading your Boss

Keyboard and SandalsThere are many advantages of telecommuting that you can use to convince your employer to let you work from home.

I’ve found 8 benefits you can talk about with your employer, according to Kate Lister and Tom Harnish, authors of “Undress for Success: The Naked Truth About Making Money at Home” (Wiley, 2009).

  1. Most employers that have been surveyed have said that they’ve noticed an improvement in productivity among their employees who were telecommuting. The amount was substantially more than usual and was observed to be as high as 35% more.
  2. When employees work from home, they often tend to keep working even when they’re sick without. They don’t infect other workers which can slow down an entire company, especially during the recent swine flu pandemic.
  3. Allowing employees to work from home gives them the freedom to run errands or schedule appointments without losing a full day of work.
  4. Employers who insist on requiring employees to come into the office and deal with a long commute stand to lose two-thirds of their work staff because most would easily accept another job offer to lighten the commute.
  5. About 78% of the time when employees call in sick, they are not ill. They do it because they have some family issues or personal things they need to take care of. Sometimes it’s even just because of stress. According to The American Management Association, companies that allow employees to work from home experienced a reduction in unscheduled absences of up to 63%! These absences cost employers about $1,800 per year per employee.
  6. Of 1,500 professionals in the technology industry recently surveyed revealed that 37% of them would rather make 10% less money and work from home than have to deal with a commute, office politice and stress.
  7. Almost 80% of employees look at telecommuting as a job benefit and this improves loyalty and lowers employee turnover.
  8. On average, a company will save about $10,000 per year per employee in real estate costs by allowing an employee to work from home full-time.

So what does all this mean for the employer who is willing to let their employees telecommute?

An employer can:

  • Expect to see 35% more productivity.
  • Experience less contagious outbreaks in the company.
  • Allow employees to run errands and meet personal appointments without losing productivity.
  • Improve employee loyalty.
  • Reduce employee stress and absences.
  • Save Up to 10% in salaries.
  • Lower employee turnover.
  • Save $10,000 in real estate costs.

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