September 28, 2011, 10:02 AM — Telecommuting, which allows people to work together from different locations, offers a wealth of opportunities for small businesses, including cost savings and the ability to quickly add specialized temporary workers. Telepresence tools, such as video conferencing, make telecommuting possible.
The U.S. government pushed teleworking long before many companies in the private sector gave it a second thought. A growing number of businesses now thrive on remote workers, providing services via the Internet, from writing to remote computer and network management. Here's what why should consider offering telecommuting for members of your team, too.
1. Your workers are more productive.
When they can work from home, they may have fewer distractions than at the office, not to mention a reduced commute time. Numerous academic studies and corporate surveys show that teleworkers are often happier and more productive than those at headquarters. Some workers may need supervision, but you can accomplish this through setting production goals rather than monitoring hours per day worked.
2. You can reach team members wherever they are, regardless of location.
Implementing telecommuting generally requires two things: an Internet connection and the appropriate software. Tools include remote-control applications, collaboration software, and video conferencing software. It may be easier to reach team members via the Internet than walking to their office.