In this day and age, an employee’s productivity may not necessarily be equated with how long he or she spends at the office or workplace. In fact, given rising travel costs, traffic congestion and the availability of high-speed data communications, one would wonder if it’s worth the trouble of having to spend a good part of the day traversing distances just to go to work. Furthermore, the decline in actual productivity after a certain number of work hours have been reached has to be taken into consideration.
Enter telecommuting. A buzzword in the business community since the dawn of the Information Age, this concept is pretty much still a very viable solution to any company’s problems with unproductive or sickly staff. The widespread availability of broadband Internet connections at residences and wireless Internet hotspots in cafes and commercial establishments enables employers and managers to be in closer touch with their staff from virtually anywhere.
It is likely that employees would be happier to carry on with their daily tasks if allowed more flexible schedules, and if they can work close to their families and communities. Businesses may experience a faster turnover of work if employees are allowed to work at the comfort of their home, using outputs as a gauge of productivity instead of time spent at the workplace. Instead of having to be absent, why not have your employees work at home?