Partly because of environmental concerns, some corporations encourage employees to work from home. This leads to:
- reductions in travel time
- travel costs
- energy use
- higher employee satisfaction
- optimization of office space, if flex desks are created (flex desks are desk environments created so that any employee can work there with a minimum set up time, that means that you create an environments where none has his/her own desk. Tables and chairs should be easily adjustable, power supply should be easy to reach, telefones should allow log in etc…)
- lower health insurance costs (this is due to the decrease of “illness” % )
- lower costs for workers
- lower child care expenses
Studies say that productivity rises by 10% to 20% when people telecommute up to 3 days a week.
- From IBM 320,000 employees, 25% telecommute, which leads to an anual savings of 700$ million in real estate costs alone.
- AT&T estimates that it saves 550$ million annually as a result of telecommuting.
- MCKesson reported the highest job satisfaction in 2007, 1000 nurses worked from home. (telenursing)