Personal and sick days cost US businesses almost $120 Billion last year.
(PRWEB) October 26, 2013
Business telecommunications have developed to allow for greater mobility in the US workforce and a growing number of companies are extending the work-from-home option to employees as a way to save money, increase productivity, and keep their workers longer. The telecom experts at Voxilla.com have compiled the latest data on telecommuting to announce the three most significant benefits that result from having a remote workforce. From Voxilla.com, here are the "Three Best Ways Telecommuting Benefits a Business."
1. Telecommuting saves money
Reducing overhead is a major priority for any business. And when it comes to employing a workforce, overhead is expressed in a variety of ways including real estate costs to house employees. According to a case study released earlier this year by Smart 2020, San Francisco-based Sun Microsystems extended a telecommuting option to 19,000 employees, and reported a savings on real estate expenditures of $64 million in one year.
According to the case study, employees of Sun Microsystems used Voice over Internet Protocol, or, "VoIP" to stay connected to clients and the office. Business VoIP service allows for remote workforce management and also saves companies up to 80% on office communications bills. At the same time, telecommuting employees are more likely to accept slightly lower salaries because of the money they save on vehicle maintenance, fuel consumption, and office clothing.
2. Telecommuting increases productivity
Similar research at Stanford University this year has shown that people working at home are 13% more productive than their office-bound counterparts. 9% of the increase is attributed to the fact that they spend the majority of the time they would have spent commuting (an average of six hours a week), working and making calls. Telecommuters also spend 11% more time on the phone, and make more calls per hour because of fewer distractions and interruptions in their home office.
78% of workers that have the ability to access client and contact information from a home office, take advantage of that fact outside of regular work hours. IP telephone systems are easily integrated with Client Relationship Management (CRM) Systems, and extensions can be easily added or altered from a laptop, desktop, or any Internet-enabled device which means not only employees can work remotely, but their employers as well.
3. Telecommuting improves health and retains workers longer
According to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute's 2012 Urban Mobility Report, personal and sick days cost US businesses almost $120 Billion last year. Aside from the reduction in stress from commuting, telecommuters log fewer “fake” sick days because of the increased ability to manage small personal tasks during the day without having to use an allotted personal day or sick day to do so. The increased sense of independence also gives telecommuters a higher rate of job satisfaction by as much as 22%.
Happier, more contented workers are less likely to leave a job, and filling an empty chair can be costly for skilled positions. Because career-satisfaction is a top-ranked factor in employee turnover, and correlates strongly with the ability to work from home for even a portion of the work week, most enterprise-class organizations are now exploring telecommuting options with business VoIP to manage remote workers and save money.
The combination of lowered costs, increased productivity, and a happier, more loyal workforce is making telecommuting with business VoIP a “must have” for any business venture.