We used to think that a mother with small children or someone in their 20's usually does telecommuting. However, researches show that an average telecommuter is a 45-49-year-old college graduate (woman or man) with annual income around $58,000 working for a company with more than 100 employees. Numbers culled from surveys show that approximately 35-40% of employees in many companies are long-term freelancers or virtual contractors.
Early telecommuters relied mainly on simple landline phones to interact with the head office, and fax machines to share information. The Internet took telecommuting to the next stage of development. Business VoIP and SIP trunking technology provided telecommuting with an impetus for rapid growing, and now it has become an established trend.
Having virtual and remote employees is the best way to have things done 24 hours a day. Moreover, this trend provides business owners and managers with possibility to hire highly skilled employees, which can`t or don`t want to live next to the mother ship.
The phenomenon is predicted to keep on growing. According to annual research conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, more companies are planning to embrace telecommuting in 2014. Federal employees in Washington, which were forced to work from home 4 days in winter due to heavy snow, saved the government approximately $32 million.
As the notion of creating virtual workplaces and reality of having freelance or remote employees becomes more popular, being clear about what telecommuting actually is, what it suggests, and how to organize work practices. It`s already known that telecommuting is available almost for everyone – old and young, men and women, parents and people without children.
Telecommuting tend to put in longer hours, which increase work productivity. Companies must consider it when developing a working plan. However, it`s also known that working from home can decrease employee`s promotion chances, that`s why the combination of telecommuting and in the office seems to work best of all.
Major part of employees (approximately 70%) like the idea of working from home. The main reasons for loving it is that they can do their jobs without direct supervision, can organize comfortable working place and schedule work activity. Among main reasons, we can mention cost reduction. Let us have a look how much it costs commuters to go to work every day.
First, the employee should have an appropriate business wardrobe. Telecommuters must have business attire as well but they are not entitled to wear it for days, and having fewer business-style outfits is enough. Telecommuting means decreasing expenses on gasoline, car maintenance and avoiding traffic jams and parking stress. Many working parents can face the challenge of organizing proper avoidable daycare for their children while they are at work.
More organizations, companies and major enterprises are finding new options to exploit telecommuting as an alternative way of doing business. Telecommuting is becoming the norm playing an important role in keeping companies operational under emergency and extraordinary conditions.