There could be a benefit using telecommuting!
One benefit which may evolve from CoVid-19 or Coronavirus as it is commonly known, is that more and more companies, especially in larger cities, could look more deeply into Telecommuting. In the United States, American business owners tend to trust their staff more than their British counterparts as more than 37,000,000 (million) people are now working from home in America. They found that they produced more work and remained more contented.
In Great Britain statistics from ONS showed that, in 2015, only 4.2 million people across a range of sectors worked from home, and businesses both small and large are increasingly adopting the remote working strategy into their model. This has been growing steadily year by year. However, we have a long way to go to catch up with the USA.
My wife was the secretary and office manager for a small team of seven in the City who trained banks and financial institutions internal training managers. One day the boss got the team together and asked if they would all like to work from home. After a lengthy discussion, the answer was unanimous. Possibly due to the boss’s canny motion of saying the cost of the offices would be added to the team’s salaries. The result was, everyone worked harder than they did before, and sales in their business increased.
As a [past] Fellow of the Institute of Directors, I was able to question a few other companies, some with all working from home, and some dividing time between home and office. Each one told me of productivity increases in relation to the amount of days allowed to work from home.
Video conferencing and telephone conferencing were used extensively,
The benefits were plentiful. An extra hour in bed in the mornings, a leisurely breakfast, and not being totally whacked in the evenings so free to enjoy family life without being totally exhausted.
The benefits to the company were useful in so much as they only needed smaller offices. If staff came into the office once a week, the practice of hot-desking could be used. Shared desks with empty drawers, lockers on one wall for all hot-deskers folders and papers, and a chance to mingle with those who couldn’t work from home as they were needed in the office, usually directors and senior managers and their secretaries.
Human Resources (Personnel Department) could be cut down as those who worked from home tended to stay far longer with companies who allowed them to work from home.
Smaller companies, such as the company my wife worked for, tend to meet in a restaurant now and again for a meal to retain contact. In addition, now and again, a pub meet for maybe one or two staff to discuss things that weren’t suitable for remote conferencing.
Other benefits include less colds and flu by not travelling by bus, underground or overground rail. Crowds are places where influenza travels at a very rapid rate. And the flu is minor compared with the money companies will lose as the Coronavirus catches hold with huge swathes of staff. Many companies will suffer. Small companies could well go bankrupt and larger companies will suffer huge losses financially. Not withstanding the Government’s largess over the crisis.
A lesson here for British bosses, learn to trust your staff as much as our American cousins do. Sensible CEOs will call for a breakdown on whether staff actually produced more from home within their own companies. There is also the benefit of staff taking less days off.
A link to five good software programs for Telecommuters and their companies.
So, do you think this will help your company to save huge swathes of money in the future!