A Business and Legal Resources survey indicated that 50% of employer respondees are now offering telecommuting in some form, and that 2/3 of them have had telework/flex work programs for 3 or more years. Why not? It is part of the secret recipe for retention and for productive happy employees. In some cases perhaps you dont need to replace a person with the right flexibility and clear work requirements. A U.K. Cranfield School of Management found that flex hour workers tended towards more focus work then their counterparts with fixed office hours.
Case Study: Sun Microsystems 1997 "Open Work" Work From Home Program:
- Saved the company nearly $68 million in real estate costs.
- $24 million saved annually from thin client architecture (systems admin & energy costs).
- Office equipment energy consumption rate at a Sun office was two times that of home office equipment energy consumption, from approximately 64 watts per day at home to 130 watts per day at a Sun office.
- By eliminating commuting just 2.1 days per week, an employee reduces energy used for work by 5,400 Kilowatt hours/year. The average home uses 1000 KWh per month in energy.
- Employees saved more than $1,700 per year in gasoline and wear and tear on their vehicles by working at home 2.1 days a week.
- Sun's Open Work program prevented 29,000 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.
- By eliminating commuting just 2.1 days per week, an employee reduces energy used for work by 5,400 Kilowatt hours/year. The average home uses 1000 KWh per month in energy. *
- Attributes of a Telecommuting Professional
- Telecommuting in the News
- Profiles of Companies who are Telecommuting
* Thanks Janet Ferguson