Columbia College of Missouri
This report explains what telecommuting is, describes the pros and cons of telecommuting and describes the challenges of managers. The pros of telecommuting are higher productivity, less turnover, improved morale, and reduced office-space costs. The cons of telecommuting are longer work hours, distractions at home, no face-to-face contact, and ensuring accountability. Managers are also challenged by having telecommuters. There is less direct supervision of employees; difficulty coordinating teamwork, monitoring performance is harder and possible problems maintaining security. You have to be organized, self-motivated and able to separate work and family. I used to telecommute three times a week and I have to honestly say that I missed being in the office those three days. It can be real easy to feel like you have been forgotten. I like to have the face-to-face contact with people. I don’t know that I would do it again. Telecommuting is not for everyone and could get old real quick.
The Pros and Cons of Telecommuting
A new alternative work mode is Telecommuting. Telecommuting is working from home or another place besides the company office. “Recent estimates show that there are over 28 million telecommuters in the United States and growing at a rate of 11% per year” [ (Golden, 2006) ]. Working from home is great. There are benefits to working from home; however, it also has its disadvantages.
The benefits, or pros, of working from home range from higher productivity to reduced office –space costs. Many people believe that working from home means higher productivity. This is because there are fewer distractions from office politics and socializing. According to SHRM.com, “thirty-seven percent say they are more productive at the office, while 29 percent report they are more productive at home. Thirty-four percent state that they are equally productive at home and...