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How to Manage Telecommuters

Author: Amanda R. Gregurich

Telecommuting programs have numerous advantages for both employees and employers. They combat absenteeism, boost productivity and morale, and increase employee retention. By implementing telecommuting work programs, job sharing and other workplace flexibility programs, employers can:

  • Retain valuable employees or reemploy trained employees, which can lower employee recruitment and training costs;
  • Reduce workers' compensation expenses in some cases;
  • Respond to particular employees' medical or family situations, which serves to keep morale high and retain loyalty;
  • Fill positions for which recruitment has been difficult or in which turnover has been high, such as evening shift jobs, part-time positions, or jobs that are in high crime areas; and
  • Comply with trip reduction and air quality regulations in certain metropolitan areas.