Working from Home: PJ’s or Productivity?

3 best practices to keep telecommuting programs productive

With the advent of all of the new technology that makes it possible for employees to communicate effectively with coworkers from anywhere in the world, telecommuting is an option that more and more employees want. However, there are definitely concerns and hurdles that companies have to take into account.

A major concern is that telecommuting is beneficial only to the employee and not the company. Are employees actually productive when they work from home?
ConnectedSolutions, a cloud-based storage provider conducted a survey with hundreds of workers to find out directly how telecommuting has affected their performance.

  • 77% of respondents said they were more productive while telecommuting
  • 30% said they accomplish more in less time
  • 24% said they accomplish more in the same amount of time
  • 23% were willing to work longer hours while telecommuting, and
  • 52% said they were less likely to take off when working remotely, even if they were sick.

3 steps to maintain productivity

Be sure to set up times for regular updates and feedback. Communication is key to being productive in any environment. Make sure that employees and their managers set regular conference calls or skype meetings to go over the status of projects and to have the opportunity to deal with any issues that may arise.

Make sure that the goals and expectations are set ahead of time. Employees that telecommute need to have a clear guideline to follow regarding their projects and what their managers need from them. Also, employees should make sure that they are reachable during set hours if any problems arise. You’ll want to make sure that these guidelines and expectations are put into writing and that both the manager and the employee sign it so that there is no confusion as to what is required.

Hire independent self-starters. As you know, telecommuting’s not for everyone. So if you plan on expanding your telecommuting opportunities, you need to make sure your workforce has the right qualities to use the program effectively. You’ll want to find workers with strong communications skills and the ability to stay motivated without someone looking over their shoulder.”