While telecommuting is a trend that may be gaining more acceptance in the workplace, there are still many employers who are opposed to making this style of work commonplace. Yet according to a recent article by Forbes, a survey conducted by the Society for Human Resources Management in June 2016 showed that telecommuting benefits (flex work plans) have increased threefold during the past 20 years, from 20 percent in 1996 to 60 percent in 2016. But is it right for everyone?
As an employer, if you are considering allowing employees to telecommute, it’s important to think through the work ethic and personality of your staffers. Coming from someone who telecommutes 90 percent of the time, I can confirm that you need to have serious self-discipline and organization to make it work. And while it is nice to have the flexibility, many people need a structured working environment to maximize their productivity. On the flip side, chatty coworkers could be a major distraction.
A few benefits of telecommuting include flexibility, cost-effectiveness, productivity and work-life balance. On the flip side, you may be someone who is more distracted at home or needs a team environment to be productive.
This is an excerpt from this week’s weVENTURE FLORIDA TODAY EDGE column authored by Strategic Ink Public Relations senior account executive and president of the Space Coast Public Relations Association Angelica DeLuccia Morrissey. Twitter: @AMDELUCCIA