20 Jun Why HR Departments should drive telecommuting strategies
Mobility initiatives have already become a number one priority for IT departments around the world, according to a recent Citrix report, with 45 percent of all businesses considering mobility as a top priority. While IT professionals clearly understand value of mobility and telecommuting, HR departments should drive telecommuting strategies for a lot of very good reasons.
For starters, employees telecommute regardless if there is a policy in place or not. Whether they are at home burning the midnight oil, or working during lunch from their phone or tablet using a public wifi signal, people telecommute. So creating clear policies to support the new virtual workspace is important for security, time and attendance and more.
“Even with these benefits and the growing popularity of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies (50 percent of organizations surveyed offer BYOD), companies are still doing a poor job of educating employees around proper security measures and equipping them with appropriate furniture,” said a recent report from Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples.
If an employee develops a repetitive typing injury while working on their couch, who is liable? Only 10 percent of employers offer their telecommuters appropriate furniture according to the Staples Advantage data.
Not to mention Staples’ survey results showed that only 25 percent of employees have been trained on data backup and security best practices.
But more important than what can go wrong without a telecommute policy are the things that can go right. Telecommuting has the potential to improve the entire work experience and this is one of the key reasons that HR departments should drive telecommuting strategies.
“When a few companies recently banned telecommuting, it sparked a debate on the benefits of such programs,” said Paul Mullen, vice president of technology solutions, Staples Advantage. “Our survey clearly shows the benefits. Not only does telecommuting lead to a happier workforce, it’s also a critical benefit to have from a recruiting standpoint. Employers who are flexible and support their staff with the tools they need to telecommute have a definite recruiting advantage.”
The attraction of telecommuting is so powerful that about 10 percent of survey respondents said they would take less pay in exchange for working from home. With Microsoft Dynamics in the cloud, HR managers can take telecommuting to a new level. With user access restrictions, role based dashboards and in depth audit trails, Dynamics ERP in the cloud is tailor made to support security and compliance for the virtual office.
Here are some more compelling statistics from Staples that show why HR departments should drive telecommuting strategies.
- 65 percent of employers who allow their workers to telecommute report happier employees.
- 33 percent of employers report less absenteeism in the workforce when telecommuting is allowed.
- 19 percent would avoid a potential new job if telecommuting wasn’t offered.
- 67 percent would reduce office perks to be able to telecommute.
- 69 percent of those who do telecommute say they save money in transportation costs.
- 74 percent say telecommuting helps them achieve a better work/life balance.