A key employee stuck in traffic, sometimes for up to an hour is a daily occurrence here in Calgary. How is their overall performance? Do they have to work longer hours to make up for the time stuck while commuting? Are they happy?
Are your employees spending more time on freeways, expressways and city streets instead of sitting in their office taking care of business? What could happen if they just needed to walk to their home office and connect into the workplace? How can this improve the overall efficiencies of your company?
This doesn’t need to occur plus your key employees are asking for the ability to work from outside the office when needed. But, we continue to build more and more skyscrapers and monthly budgets for downtown parking continues to rise. Maybe your employees are battling crowds on the subway or local transit. The frustration your employees go through during the daily pilgrimage to their cubical in the sky is unbelievable.
When our Calgary winter hits us with snowstorm or even our freak summer weather hits the Stampede City, does this impact your business or can your employees easily connect into the office and work like normal.
Stuck in traffic and unhappy employees doesn’t have to happen.
Technology has advanced to where business can allow many of their employees to work from outside the office and meet the security needs of the company.
Security has been a major hurdle and perhaps the main reason organizations haven’t fully jumped on board with telecommuting. Security is now in place and business executives and corporate IT can rest knowing that their information workers are connecting into the office in a secure fashion.
Where can a business turn for more information on telecommuting?
Chris Brogan started a blog on Telecommuting at http://workshifting.com, Chris along with his peers share vital business information for the owner and employee looking at maintaining professionalism while working from outside the confines of the office. Today’s business community has started to embrace the reality that any place is potentially your new office. The local coffee shop or your living room can become an office and increase your business overall productivity.
WORKshift Calgary is a leading initiative by Calgary Economic Development and offers business cost saving calculators and other information designed to help business understand how telecommuting can attract the best talent to your business and how telecommuting can help your business save money. Learn more about WORKshift Calgary at http://www.workshiftcalgary.com.
Michelle Damico, a Chicago-based communications specialist recently commented in a leading blog about her journeys in downtown Chicago and why telecommuting is important to keep up her work/life balance.
“I commuted to various downtown Chicago and suburban jobs, traveling up to 4 hours each day in a train or car. I hated it. It took me away from my family and made me a stranger to my local community.”
Your key employees are looking for balance in life. Work/Life balance is high on almost everyone’s life plans and requests from their work. The ability to allow your top team members to fulfill this goal in their life will help in getting your best employee’s engages and keep them around for a long time.
How can you enrich the life of your key employees? Offer them the ability to work from home or from outside the office. I am sure you will see immediate results and have a much more productive and efficient workforce.