Sunday, 17 October 2010

Why You Should Encourage Your Salaried Workers (Especially) to Work from Home

This article posted by Mark Harbeke on caught our eye because in these days of cost savings and efficiency whilst at the same time making a contribution towards global warming just makes perfect sense. We have quoted the entire article below but if you want to read more please follow the links.

I was originally going to title this post "I've Saved Over Two Barrels of Oil by Working from Home."

As longtime readers know, since August 2009 I've been telecommuting for Winning Workplaces (based in Chicago) from a home office in my new home base of Los Angeles. For the past few weeks I had been curious about how much gas I had not used by eliminating my former commute to and from work when I still lived in Evanston.

Turns out that number after 13.5 months of working remotely is 92 gallons – equivalent to 2.2 barrels of crude oil.

That's great for my wallet and for the earth, but it's not the best statistic from my story and analysis for business leaders. What I think should perk up CEOs more is the fact that, as a full-time, salaried employee, I turned the time that I would have spent driving to and from work each day these past 13.5 months into more work hours, especially at the end of my day.

The extra 20 minutes per day from my former commute translates to approximately 96 extra hours worked. That's an extra 1.2 pay periods worth, representing just under 5% of my annual salary.

The bottom line: Winning Workplaces paid nothing extra (I handled my own relocation expenses) but gained about 5% more productivity from me as a result of this arrangement. Obviously if I had been hourly, this benefit would not have come to pass.

So it definitely behooves business leaders to (re)evaluate their strategy, deliverables, and work processes to see if they should add or enhance flexible work benefits – again, especially among their salaried FTEs – to realize a similar net gain in the form of a more productive workplace culture.

If you already embrace remote work or related people practices, what results stand out to you from your efforts to engage employees around this?

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