One of the biggest changes that the internet has brought to the professional landscape is the ability for employees to do their work from anywhere in the world. Just think about it, you could be deep sea fishing off of the coast of Baja and sit in on a conference in your office in Chicago without missing a beat.
Well, that’s a bit out of the norm, but you know what I mean.
Depending on what your company’s policies are for remote workers, some of your staff might even choose to get most of their work done from the comforts of their own home. But does it work? How can you be sure that your employees are actually putting in the time that they say they are? Couldn’t they just as easily be sitting around in their PJ’s packing away bon bons and catching up on Mad Men?
If you have any lingering impressions that working from home means working less, then, hopefully, today’s blog post will help to clear that up.
People who choose to work remotely do so for a variety of reasons. If your company has a lot of people manning the phones at all times (like mine) then working remotely can offer an escape from the hustle and bustle of the office.
Others might like to work remotely simply because they like to set their own schedule. According to this infographic from ConnectSolutions, the number one reason that remote workers say they stay home is to avoid their morning commute.
I mean, why waste time in traffic that you could spend getting some work done? Depending on how long your commute is, working from home could actually give you hours of extra productivity each week and weeks of extra productivity each year.
“But what’s to stop them from from goofing off all day?” you might ask.
Well, according to the source study behind the infographic, “Of the over 200 respondents, 75% said that they work at least 30 more minutes on days that they work remote, than days that they are in the office…83% of employees report taking the same or fewer breaks when working remotely.
Those stats improve more for teleworkers who are remote 5 days a week.” Whether it’s the time that they save from their commute or the focus that working alone can facilitate, most remote workers are, in fact, working when they say they are.
This isn’t to say that some people don’t abuse the privilege.
If you notice that one of your employees is always playing catch up on the days after they telecommute, you should probably have a conversation about your expectations for their productivity, both in and out of the office. Even though working in your PJ’s might feel like a vacation, most remote workers take their jobs just as seriously as employees that physically come into the office.