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Is Telecommuting Right For Your Business?

Isaac Asimov once said, “The only constant is change.” This is not only true in life, but in business as well.

Isaac Asimov once said, “The only constant is change.” This is not only true in life, but in business as well. One trend that has changed in recent times is the popularity of telecommuting. Although many people have differing opinions concerning this, it has not been around long enough, on a big enough scale, to see its true impact on business. Some of the common question business owners ask themselves when deciding if allowing employees to telecommute are, “Will it make the employees more productive, happier, lonelier, disconnected, or more connected? Will telecommuting negatively or positively affect the company culture?” It’s a tough decision, and like most tough decisions, there isn’t one answer that works for everyone.

There are some great benefits to telecommuting.  We’ve given you several pros and cons to think about below:


  • Telecommuters appreciate that there is no wasted commuting time.

  • Telecommuters are less stressed when working in the comfort of their own home.

  • Employees can take advantage of their most productive hours, even if that is the middle of the night, and can adapt their working hours to their lifestyle.

  • Telecommuting is perfect for those who do not thrive in the typical structured nine-to-five work environment.

  • Telecommuting improves self-reliance and time management skills.

  • Telecommuting also gives employers more freedom to hire skilled individuals without the cost of moving them around the world.

  • Telecommuting can save the employee and employer money.

Consthe flip side

  • Telecommuting can lead to burnout particularly for those with poor time management skills, which often contributes to resentment of the company.

  • A lack of socialization for many who crave social interaction can result in depression and loneliness.

  • Telecommuting can lead to a lack of motivation, as there is not a physical tie to the rest of the team.

  • Telecommuting can lead to a break down in communication due to distance.

  • Telecommuting can require a more time than usual to set up a home office.

At the end of the day, successful telecommuting takes strong time management skills from the employee, strong communication lines between the manager and the employees, and lastly managers need to have a strong understanding of the responsibilities of their employees and the time it takes them to complete the tasks. As we move deeper into this technological age, we see that people enjoy independent working more and more. So will telecommuting be the future of business or is it just a trend? What do you think?

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