Teleworking: a Win-Win Proposition for All

Teleworking: a Win-Win Proposition for AllTeleworking is indeed turning out to be the rare case of a win-win scenario for everyone. Employers gain from a reduction in costs and higher retention rates, individuals benefit from a better work life balance and the community at large thrives from a greener environment and a lower burden on its infrastructure.

Teleworking is a way of working where an individual offers his/her services to an organisation from a remote location, usually the home. Teleworkers work from home, using a computer and a telephone and other technological support depending upon the kind of service they offer.

What makes teleworking a great option?

Teleworking is the newest and smartest answer to many of the problems we face today. It helps eliminate stress, cuts down on time and costs, improves lifestyles and is eco-friendly too. Its benefits extend to every level beginning from the individual to the society at large. While many of the benefits can be quantified, there are others that are less tangible but equally valuable.

Benefits to the individual

The most obvious and significant benefit for individuals who telecommute is being able to spend more time with family and be available for their young children and other dependent relatives. It is by far one of the most important advantages. Other plus points include more freedom, better control over one’s life, less stress, time and cost benefits and a happier, healthier work-life balance.

Teleworking – a business friendly option

Contrary to the impression held by many, employers too stand to gain as much from teleworking as the staff. By offering the employees the choice of a flexible work schedule, organisations have benefitted from reduced attrition rates, lower infrastructure costs and better productivity. The non-tangible advantages include a boost to employee morale leading to a more motivated workforce.

Organisations also benefit from having fewer geographical constraints while recruiting and a workforce spread across different time zones that adds value to the business. This is a vital factor that can give companies that distinct competitive edge in the market. An organisation that supports teleworking builds a rewarding reputation for itself from the perspective of “corporate citizenship”. It is viewed as a contributor towards reduced energy consumption and an employer that cares for the well-being of its staff.

How teleworking benefits the community

Again, the most obvious advantage of teleworking is that it saves money as public infrastructure costs are reduced. People are able to strike a balance between their professional and personal lives and are able to participate more in community events and there is less population loss through urban drift. A positive consequence is that it contributes to the local economy, boosts local employment and thereby increases national productivity. Every family plays a role in boosting the local economy and therefore if residents continue to live in rural communities, it leads to improved services such as banks, hospitals, recreation and other facilities.

Teleworking good for the environment too

With commuting time down to zero, it translates to fewer carbon emissions and lower levels of pollution as many households may revert to being a one-car household rather than a two-car one. Offices can practice hot desking for its employees thus saving up to 30% more space and bringing down the carbon footprint of the workplace. Teleworking could thus be a significant step leading to a better ecological balance and a greener and cleaner planet.

The advantages are many and the risks are nil, making it an option that sounds almost too good to be true.  If you would like to give teleworking a try please contact the Arise Admissions Team on 0131 200 2100 or email them at [email protected]