Telecommuters: Accommodating A Flexible Workforce

A telecommuter working from home.

Everyone has heard the phrase “Work smarter not harder”, but those that are truly taking that to heart are telecommuters.  These are members of the workforce that enjoy some of the most flexibility and perks from their employers, chiefly their ability to work from anywhere; home, the office, or on the road. The bulk of these workers are none other than the best or worst generation (depending on who you ask) millennials.

The Increasing Trend of Giving Workers More Flexibility

As technologies have improved working away from your office has become more and more easy to facilitate. With smartphones giving every employee a computer in their pocket and not to mention the reduction in the cost of both these smartphones and personal computers, laptops, and tablets the average person can easily rival the computing power of many firms from decades ago just from home.

Programs such as Skype, Trello, GoToMeeting, Google Docs, Slack, and countless others provide platforms for workers to communicate easily and effectively as though they were in the same room. All of this can even be monitored with powerful CRM programs that allow for managers to monitor worker activity and client engagement all from a screen without any extra reports or bureaucratic nonsense to be filed.

This has led to an ever-increasing amount of telecommuters, the Global Mobile Workforce Forecast Update predicts that by 2022 the number of telecommuters will grow to 1.87 billion workers worldwide which will make approximately 42.5% of all workers telecommuters.  Global Workplace Analytics reports that half the U.S. workforce is employed in a job currently suitable to telecommute partially and between 20 and 25 percent already do telecommute at some level.

The Benefits of Telecommuting

 

Telecommuter working and eating breakfast

 

Not only is it relaxing to simply roll out of bed, brew a cup of coffee, and crack open your laptop while skipping your commute there are numerous benefits to telecommuting. First and foremost the jobs that telecommuters hold are desirable, with an average salary of $58,000 a year and 75% of those that work from home earn over $65,000 a year meaning they fall in the 80th percentile of earners both home and office based.

Not all of the benefits are financial you can also look forward to benefits to your health. In a study done in the UK, it was reported that workers with a commute over an hour were 33% more likely to suffer from depression, 37% more likely to feel as though they are experiencing financial troubles, and 12% more likely to feel multiple aspects of work-related stress. This is coupled with extremely detrimental effects such as being 46% less likely to get adequate amounts of sleep at night, and 21% more likely to be obese.  The effects of your everyday commute could be more than just stressful it could be severely impacting your well-being.

Perhaps the most altruistic benefit of telecommuting comes from the benefits it brings to the environment. In March 2016 it was estimated that if those in America with the ability and desire to telecommute would do so it would reduce the carbon emissions of the equivalent of the entire state of New York’s workforce! That is staggering considering New York is the fourth largest state and has a large proportion of commuters coming in from neighboring states such as New Jersey.

Optimizing Your Telecommute

Of course, you don’t want to squander your new found freedom from the office grind once you’ve found a position that allows you to work from home. If you can’t communicate with your peers or clients you’ll probably find yourself called into the office sooner rather than later. But that’s where HiBoost comes in, with a cell phone signal booster you’ll never miss a call, text, or email again! Contact us today to find out which signal booster is right for your telecommute.

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