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Monday morning can be depressing for many of us. The prospect of another working week can fill us with dread after a relaxing weekend. For this reason, among others, many employers are now allowing their employees to spend some of their working week at home.
There are disadvantages to home working. For example, can you trust your employee not to have a lie in or spend their day catching up with the latest Netflix show? However, there are many benefits, no matter how many days you allow your staff member to work from home. In this article, we will take a look at some of the advantages of home working and how it may aid your company.
Monday morning blues can be eliminated, and having the comforts of home to work in may give your employee an added spring in their step as they begin the working day. A happy employee is a productive employee, so your business will feel the benefits. They will also be less liable to take ‘sick’ days or have reason to quit through feeling unhappy at work.
Without the need for the daily commute, your employee can start the day earlier. Also, with no office distractions, there will be more time to get down to work, without getting involved in office banter and politics.
You can also use video conferencing software to stay in touch with your employees, cutting down on the need for face to face meetings.
You can cut costs on office supplies and utility bills, as your employee may be liable to cover their own expenses. However, they will also save money on fuel costs, so they needn’t feel hard done by in having to buy their own paper etc.
Using the latest in cloud technology, you don’t need to be in the same room as your employees to communicate with them. They can stay connected to the office, wherever they are using their own mobile devices and computers. Unitel Inc offers a cloud-based communication solution, allowing your staff access to the office telephone system. Also, when it comes to collaborating on projects, you can easily upload documents to a service such as Dropbox and share files on any computing and mobile device.
There will be times when your staff can’t get to work, perhaps due to adverse weather conditions. Having an office at home will alleviate the problem, using their technology to carry on as normal.
Extending your team
While you may have staff who come into the office on a regular basis, you can extend your workforce at a global level. You can connect to the very best people, and hire staff on a freelance or permanent basis, no matter where in the world they are. By doing so, you can take on new skills that your local staff may not currently possess. You can also get a handle on the global market, giving you the opportunity to extend your product to new customers.