Benefits of Telecommuting

  1. Employee satisfaction. Research shows that telecommuting is a desirable employee benefit that leads to higher employee satisfaction if implemented properly.
  2. Tangible employee cost savings. Telecommuting saves time and stress associated with commuting to and from work, vehicle maintenance, gasoline, wardrobe, meals, etc.
  3. Enhances sustainability. Fewer commuters result in fewer miles driven on local roads, minimizing the environmental impact by reducing energy consumption.
  4. Saving space. Research indicates that organizations can save as much as $6,000 a year on office space for each telecommuting employee, depending on the frequency. Telecommuting employees also consume fewer utility (heating, air conditioning, water, sewer, etc.).
  5. Recruiting a strong work force. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, telecommuting policies make it easier to employ people with disabilities, working parents, workers with stay-at-home elders, and highly qualified employees who do not want to move/commute.
  6. Retaining key employees. The National Study of the Changing Work Force reported that 60% of workers without workplace flexibility "would be willing to make substantial trade-offs to have access to telecommuting and/or flex hour programs; they were more satisfied and productive in the workplace when they have flexibility and control."