A lot of businesses owners have been resisting the move towards teleworking. If you’re not sure that I’m talking about, “teleworking” refers to the art of allowing employees to work from home. (The “tele” part refers specifically to modern techniques of Internet collaboration and communication.) But it might be time you to stop resisting it. This is especially true if you’re looking to start a new business. Allowing your employees to work from home makes so much sense these days. Let’s take a look at this phenomenon.
Why now is the time
One of the most compelling reasons is that the technology that allowing this to work is now affordable. We’ve actually had the means to allow for teleworking for a long time. But the technology was always incredibly expensive. These days, computers, network infrastructures, software, and portable devices are widespread. Pretty much everything is connected to the Internet these days. It’s easier than ever to collaborate over email, text chat, and video conferencing. Plus, freelance and self-employment culture is growing.
Letting go of office fever
So why do people who are just setting up a business want to resist these changes? Teleworking makes a lot of sense when you look at the benefits, and this is especially true for startups. We’ll look at those benefits in more detail in just a second. First, we need to look at why people like the idea of having an office so much. Two words that come to mind for me? Prestige and tradition. It’s seen as the done thing. Your business just doesn’t seem as “serious” if you don’t have an office. Thankfully, you can actually get a registered office address to tackle this issue.
Think about the benefits
A lot of business owners assume that this sort of work scheme will result in less productivity. But efficiency and productivity are actually noticeably improved in these sorts of operations! Perhaps the most obvious benefit is that overhead costs are reduced drastically. You don’t have to get an office – or, if you do, you don’t have to get a massive one. This also saves on infrastructure and energy costs. (See what I mean about this making so much sense for startups?) Another clear benefit is that employees tend to be happier when they work from home.
The potential problems
In case you didn’t get the message, I am all for teleworking. 100% behind it. You should absolutely look into it and see if it would work for your business. However, even the most fervent teleworking fan can’t deny that there are problems to overcome. Employers want to monitor their employees, right? Let’s not pretend that this is because of a lack of trust on the part of the employer, who should just get over it. Another problem is that its hard to tell how many hours an employee has worked on something. You generally have to pay per contribution or achieved objective. While this works perfectly for some, it may not work at all for others. These could be deal-breaking problems for you. But you may be able to make it work despite these obstacles.