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Is it time to end Telecommuting?

Is it time to end Telecommuting?

[fa icon="calendar"] Apr 16, 2013 9:05:39 AM / by Briana Songer

Briana Songer

After Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo shut down the telecommuting program, it sparked a lot of debate within the business community as well as outrage from parents, saying that Marissa (a new mom) was out of touch with families that depend on this type of work.
Her actions have prompted discussion about telecommuting since, well, telecommuting is supposed to be a good thing right? Well, there are 2 sides to this argument, what are they?

After Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo shut down the telecommuting program, it sparked a lot of debate within the business community as well as outrage from parents, saying that Marissa (a new mom) was out of touch with families that depend on this type of work. Her actions have prompted discussion about telecommuting since, well, telecommuting is supposed to be a good thing right? Well, there are 2 sides to this argument, what are they?

The Good...

Flexibility

Telecommuting lets you ''commute'' with any company from the comfort of your home. With technology such as email, social media and other applications, you are able to effectively stay home without any worries about communicating with your company.

Cost friendly

Staying at home means less costs to both you and your company. You spend less time and $$$ on transportation, parking and make a smaller environmental footprint.

Retain Talent

Telecommuting is appealing to businesses that want to keep certain employees around that may not otherwise be able to easily commute. Happier employees means less turnover and more motivation. OnlineMBA.com came out with a great video that highlights how telecommuting can help out with productivity and turnover levels.

The Bad...

Alienated

Some argue that its good to be part of the office culture, get to know others, make friends etc. You miss out on this working from home. There is no face-time at the office, meaning less dedication and missed social opportunities.

Communication

Even with all the tools, sometimes you just need to personally talk to someone. If you work with a team, you may feel more easily frustrated, lost or left out. Accomplishments might be harder to show to your company as well.

Security

Some businesses handle sensitive material, making it difficult and risky to transfer information to home computers.

Productivity

Since businesses are not able to see their employees, there is less supervision and more potential for employees to be off task and unproductive.

So, is Tele-commuting for your company? First, understand your own industry and look to what your competitors are doing. Secondly, decide about how you view work flexibility. Is it a tool or a perk?

What's your experience in the Tele-commuting world?

The Good...

Flexibility

Telecommuting lets you ''commute'' with any company from the comfort of your home. With technology such as email, social media and other applications, you are able to effectively stay home without any worries about communicating with your company.

Cost friendly

Staying at home means less costs to both you and your company. You spend less time and $$$ on transportation, parking and make a smaller environmental footprint.

Retain Talent

Telecommuting is appealing to businesses that want to keep certain employees around that may not otherwise be able to easily commute. Happier employees means less turnover and more motivation. OnlineMBA.com came out with a great video that highlights how telecommuting can help out with productivity and turnover levels.

The Bad...

Alienated

Some argue that its good to be part of the office culture, get to know others, make friends etc. You miss out on this working from home. There is no face-time at the office, meaning less dedication and missed social opportunities.

Communication

Even with all the tools, sometimes you just need to personally talk to someone. If you work with a team, you may feel more easily frustrated, lost or left out. Accomplishments might be harder to show to your company as well.

Security

Some businesses handle sensitive material, making it difficult and risky to transfer information to home computers.

Productivity

Since businesses are not able to see their employees, there is less supervision and more potential for employees to be off task and unproductive.

So, is Tele-commuting for your company? First, understand your own industry and look to what your competitors are doing. Secondly, decide about how you view work flexibility. Is it a tool or a perk?

What's your experience in the Tele-commuting world?

Topics: tips, Teletrabajo

Briana Songer

Written by Briana Songer

Marketing Director at PlayVox

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