Once thought of as a workplace trend, telecommuting has become a preferred way of doing business. Beneficial for both employers and employees, telecommuting continues to grow in popularity, with more organizations adopting flexible work policies that allow them to attract top talent (and more importantly, retain them), and have a happier, more productive workforce.
Gallup Poll results documented in this article support the notion that the telecommuting trend is on the rise. Significantly, 37% of participants say they have worked remotely at one point, which is four times the amount of respondents that indicated this just 20 years ago. Likely contributors to this jump? Advanced technology, a generation entering the workforce that prefers mobility and flexibility, and organizations seeking to expand remote and/or flexible work options as a way to attract and retain talent.
Remote work hasn’t just changed in terms of popularity, however. The Gallup Poll indicates that, in the past, employees identified themselves as remote workers if they logged onto their computers for brief periods of time before or after work. The phrase ‘remote worker’ today suggests someone that is working from home, or another off-site location, for an entire day, week, or indefinitely. And while the perception once existed that working from home was synonymous with taking a day off, several respondents to this poll indicated they were just as productive – or even more productive – working outside the office.
With these findings in mind, isn’t it time for your organization to explore the creation, or expansion, of flexible work options and policies? If anything, start by taking a great first step, which is to find out which of your employees are best suited for remote work, and which of your managers are best prepared for leading remote workers. By examining employee job roles, social needs, and personal competencies, FlexMatch™ Suitability Assessments can help ensure you will set your organization up for success, and get the most out of your new remote work initiative. Our findings will help you determine the right home/office mix for teleworkers, ensuring the program is being run as efficiently as possible.