I recently came across an article where our President called for more flexible workplaces to accommodate those also trying to raise families. Here is what he said:
“Many companies are already leading the way, embracing things like telecommuting, and flextime, and on-site childcare, and my administration is committed to supporting efforts like these. Not just by investing in paid leave programs and child care tax credits. But also by making the federal government a model for the policies we’re encouraging.”
Work Life Balance: The Real Scoop of Telecommuting and Flexible Work
The benefits of flexible work arrangements are huge when you think about the hours of driving time that employees can save and the breaks that could be taken at home to increase employees’ productivity. Companies also save money by decreasing office space and using telecons or video conferencing for meetings. Telecommuting saves our environment and conserves energy by getting drivers off the freeway. It also promotes safety and improves health because we aren’t rushing to work and stressing about finding the time to take care of all our responsibilities. Research clearly shows the benefits of telecommuting for increasing productivity and making employees happy.
A recent Cisco study of its telecommuting employees found that:
69% of the telecommuting employees see increased productivity
67% said that their work quality improved
80% had an improved work life.