Working virtually is a state of mind, and for it to succeed, managers and employees need to change how they view productivity, time, loyalty and work-life balance. CareerJoy can help your workforce to work effectively anywhere anytime.
What benefits can your business or organization expect from implementing a workshifting program?
- Improved Employee Development, Retention, Motivation & Performance – A recent study by the Telework Exchange concluded that techs savvy “Gen Yers” (b. 1977-2002) base their job choices on flexibility and family-friendly workplace practices, including telework.
- Increased Employee Engagement and Motivation – the recently released Top 100 Places to Work in Canada features telework prominently. Employees who are given the option to telecommute report greater loyalty. This includes baby boomers who may consider delaying retirement if they are given flexible remote work options.
- Improved Productivity – Telecommuting employees are 15 to 40 per cent more productive than their office-dwelling counterparts.
- Increased Profitability – 33 per cent of Canadians would take a telecommuting option over a pay raise and telework is a proven tool to radically reduce employee absenteeism and increase employee retention rates.
- Reduced Operating Costs – very real organizational cost savings can be realized through properly implemented telework programs; with real estate costs savings being one good example.
- Improved Business Continuity – An organization that encourages telecommuting is in a significantly better position to ride out an interruption like a pandemic, snowstorm or any other emergency.
“...the cost savings to employers were calculated using self-reported average salaries and the average number of days absent on which teleworkers are able to work from home. It was estimated that employers could save 63 per cent of the cost of absenteeism per teleworker, or $2,086 per teleworker per year.” - Pratt (Pratt 1999) for the International Telework Association and Council (ITAC).
Fact: In a large compensation survey (1,400 CFOs) conducted by Robert Half International, 33 per cent said telecommuting was the best way to attract top talent. Ekos Research found similar results among Canadians. They also found that 43 per cent of Canadians would change jobs to an employer that allows telework.
Workshifting has also been shown to improve the lives of employees and their families in the following ways:
- Employees who are given the option to work remotely are more effective and less stressed, gain more time to do what they love, and also contribute back a significant portion of their commute time to the company.
- Employee health improves due to lower stress levels and less spreading of viruses around the office during flu season.
There’s also a positive social impact to introducing workshifting. Just one person telecommuting one day a week can reduce their CO2 footprint by over one metric ton a year. Imagine if each of Canada’s major organizations participated in this kind of program.
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