Telecommuting is on the rise, and for good reason: it increases morale and decrease costs. If you’re still making your employees be in the office from 9-5, here’s how to make a change.

Telecommuting employees are becoming more and more common. In 2010, 13.4 million U.S. workers worked from home at least one day per week. That is up from 9.2 million people in 1997. Today, roughly 24% of all U.S. workers will telecommute at least a few hours per week. Telecommuting can be a great way to utilize employees if it is done properly, and the benefits it provides are impressive.

Those who telecommute are happier employees. In fact, 73% of those who telecommute are satisfied with their companies, which leads to fewer employees who are job hunting (which really means, increased productivity). Allowing employees to telecommute lets them take control of their business hours and how they want to approach their projects. That sense of ownership and control allows employees to feel like they are really contributing to the business in a meaningful way (which also, by the way, increases profits).

If those who could telecommute were allowed to do so for just half of their time, the United States as a whole would save over $700 billion. This is because the traditional office setting promotes inefficiency. Think about it. If workers come into the office, they are often obligated to engage in chitchat, meetings that may not always be productive, and tasks that are completely unrelated to their actual jobs (like fixing the copy machine that always breaks). These social aspects are great for company morale, a sense of loyalty, and team building, but, even with all of these benefits, they do not promote efficiency the same way that telecommuting can. Read More>>>