The U.S. Department of Labor reported that 24 percent of employed people did some or all of their work from home — and that was back in 2015. The numbers have grown since then, thanks to improved technology to support remote work execution, the increasingly difficult and costly challenges of commuting, a growing comfort level among employers with work-from-home staff, and many other factors.
Studies confirm that the confidence level of employers is well-founded: Remote workers tend to be more productive, stay with their company longer and take less time off. Other advantages of a work-from-home program include the ability to employ older people, build a more diverse workforce, and attract talent from a much broader pool of job candidates.
No doubt, the time is right to expand work-from-home options. Rush hour traffic jams are unlikely to disappear. Younger individuals coming into the workforce are digital natives naturally comfortable working in any environment with an Internet connection. Voice technology, more sophisticated and robust online tools and many other advances will make remote officing more efficient than ever in the not-too-distant future.
If your company is interested in implementing or expanding a remote staff, the infographic below, A Guide to Creating a Work-From-Home Policy, is essential reading. To achieve maximum value, remote work guidelines must be carefully thought out and documented before taking action. Among the many issues to consider are how flexible the program should be, how performance will be evaluated, and how you will communicate with your entire on-site and off-site staff. For an outline of how to create a winning strategy for remote workers, please continue reading.