Telework isn’t just convenient; it’s good for the bottom line too. An Australian accounting firm found that small businesses were more likely to increase their revenue if they allowed telework. The Sydney Morning Herald reports:
According to the research small businesses whose employees worked remotely most or all of the time were 24 per cent more likely to have had a revenue rise in the past year. […]Teleworkers are also more productive than their office-based counterparts. Research by Macquarie University into the rising trend of teleworking found that most employees work more intensely away from an office.
Telework leads to increased employee satisfaction, decreased emissions, a better work-life balance, higher productivity, and stronger communities. But the chief goal of any company is to make money, and this research suggests that telework can help with that as well.The reasons to embrace this trend are mounting, and the opportunity costs of ignoring it are growing. Can businesses afford not to put telework policies in place?[Telecommuting image courtesy of Shutterstock]