Giving employees the option to work from home is the wave of the future. More and more companies are putting work-from-home protocol in place to help not only keep employees happy with a flexible work schedule, but also to help benefit the company as a whole in the long run. Recent studies have supported the idea that working from home—for the right people—can increase productivity and decrease stress. Research also suggests companies that encourage and support a work-from-home protocol actually save money in the long run. Here are a few highlights of this increasingly popular business model:
- Employees are more productive. A Stanford Business study found employees who work from home are 13% more productive compared to their in-office counterparts.
- Employee retention is higher.Happier employees are more likely to stay in their current job than looking for another one. According to the Wall St. Journal, a high employee turnover rate can cost a business “twice an employee’s salary to find and train a replacement.”
- Absenteeism is reduced.Colds and flues can spread like wildfire throughout an office. With a work-from-home environment, employees are healthier and less likely to call in sick.
A work-from-home environment doesn’t have to be an all or nothing. It can be structured as you see fit. Start off with just a few days a month. Then, try a few days a week – whatever benefits you, your company and your employees.
The best way to transition your company to a work-from-home environment is by utilizing the cloud. A cloud-based service can offer an invaluable benefit, giving your employees the flexibility to access company data remotely and securely. Network Security Associates’ cloud-based services have many benefits. They are:
- Accessible anywhere
- Scalable to your business