Telecommuting has become increasingly popular in the past decade, facilitated by technological advances that make it easier than ever before. Small business owners may want to consider allowing telecommuting for two major reasons. First, it can significantly save on the costs of office space and other business expenses. Second, it can create happier employees who ultimately work more diligently.
When creating a telecommuting policy, business leaders need to create a structure and set clear expectations. Working from home can mean that employees deal with domestic distractions, so they need to understand that work comes first during certain hours. Often, employees can be pulled into the work mind-set with an early-morning conference call or check-in. A brief conversation can serve as the transition to the workday, helping employees prioritize their tasks.
Leaders thinking about allowing telecommuting should undertake a small experiment to see how it works out over the course of a couple of days. Employees are all different. While some may thrive at home, others may struggle to get work done. Sometimes, managers prefer that people work in the office for several months to prove that they do not need direct oversight before permitting telecommuting.