One of the most incredible things to witness here at the onset of the
second decade of the 21st century is the number of opportunities that
are now available to workers who wish to take advantage of their
company’s telecommuting policy
to work from home. The benefits of working from a home based office are
numerous, and they can take many different forms. It is little wonder
that most workers, when given the option, choose to pursue this path.
Often, telecommuting workers tend to work harder, be more productive,
incur fewer sick days and report a higher level of overall job
satisfaction. That being said, companies do have to be careful
when setting their telecommuting policy for their employees.
A company needs a clear, open policy on communication between workers
and management in a telecommuting operation, to ensure that all work
flow and any possible issues that arise are dealt with and resolve
immediately. One of the most potentially detrimental things that could
possibly happen to a telecommuting department is to have unclear
communications exacerbate a small problem and make it a big one.
A company also needs to set a very clear policy on operating hours and
when each and every worker is expected work from their home based
office. It can be incredibly tempting for workers to take advantage of a
lax or non existent scheduling policy and slough off a lot of the work
or responsibilities that they need to take care of in the work day. By
setting a clear and iron schedule for telecommuting workers, companies
can head off a lot of the problems that might arise from certain types
Equipment Use And Ownership
A Company also needs to set a clear and comprehensive policy regarding
the use and ownership of equipment in each worker’s home based office.
If it is company property, it should be treated no different at a
worker’s home than it is at a company facility.
Also, companies need to set a clear policy regarding child care, and
that telecommuting is not a full substitute for day care for workers.
When a worker is on the clock, they are on the clock, regardless if they
are at home or at a company facility. It absolutely vital that
telecommuting workers understand this as clearly as possible.
Though telecommuting can be a great way for companies to save money,
improve efficiency and boost morale, and it is a great way for employees
to improve their quality of life, it must be remembered that the
operation is still a business. It is absolutely vital that both sides
treat telecommuting as seriously as they treat on site company matters
and policies. Telecommuting is only as beneficial and productive as the
workers and companies that choose to engage in it. But, for those
companies and their workers who work within the confines of an adequate
telecommuting policy, there should be no trouble at all.