1. Does the nature of your work lend itself to working remotely?
2. Do you want to compete for the best talent? According to a recent study at WorldatWork, almost 80% of employees would like the option to telework at least part of the time, and the war for talent is escalating.
3. Do you want to reduce your company’s carbon footprint?
4. Do you believe less stress and time consumed commuting will lead to higher productivity?
5. Do you include telecommuting skills (self-reliant, self-motivated, collaborative, communicative, able to handle ambiguity) in your job requirements? Looking for employees with the ability to work virtually will prevent lost productivity and turnover.
6. Do you know the indicators of employees with good telecommuting skills (previous successful experience, personality tests)? Based on U.S. Census data, 61% more employees considered home their primary place of work in 2009 than in 2005. As more companies offer telework, more employees will acquire these skills.
7. Does your company favor a culture of trust, over the old carrot and sticks method of motivating people?
If you answered yes to these questions, your company, your bottom line, and those of us who do have to drive to work (in traffic) may benefit from you offering your employees the option to telecommute.