Written by Beth Hildreth on August 7, 2013
Categories: Blog Posts

Communication between offices has never been easier, which is perfect considering the boom in telecommuting over the past several years.

Telecommuting has obvious benefits for workers who would rather be at home than at work, but businesses benefit as well. Businesses with workers that telecommute a few times a month enjoy having a healthier and more productive workforce, with a higher retention rate. For these reasons, telecommuting is the next wave of better business practices that help both companies and employees.

Telecommuting is Cheaper than Ever

Jobs that use the most advanced communication technology, such as Internet calling (VoIP) are able to stay connected while saving money.

VoIP phone systems connect homes and offices for extremely low rates, with companies able to save between 50% and 80% on their monthly phone bills. Internet calls connect remote locations to the same internal phone network. That way, home offices and corporate offices can enjoy unlimited calling.

Workers are More Productive

Studies have found that workers who telecommute don’t waste their time. UCi2i recently found that, on average, telecommuters work 24 more days per year than their office-bound counterparts. For them, the peace and quiet of being at home helps them get to work faster, and the time they don’t have to waste commuting makes it even easier to get the ball rolling.

Work/Life Balance Increases Happiness

Most potential employees seeking a new job attempt to balance their work life with their home life in the most compatible way possible. According to a study by Aon Consulting, 88% of employees say they have a hard time juggling work and life. Telecommuting literally combines the two into the same activity, which is an irresistible combination for workers.

When employees are satisfied with their jobs, they are happier and are under less stress. This makes them healthier in general, which means less sick days. Once again, this leads to increased productivity. After all, happiness is the best medicine.

Mobile VoIP Allows Employees to Leave their Desks

Mobile VoIP technology hooks up smartphones and tablets to cheap and convenient VoIP services, allowing them to take their office on the go. Whether they are picking up the kids from school or just going to the gym to get fit during a self-regulated break, employees are always available on their cell phones. Since their phones are part of the office network, businesses and employees are both saving money by not paying a separate mobile company for the service.

Healthier Eating at Home

Telecommuters are also more likely to eat healthier. Driving to and from work gives plenty of opportunities for fast food and other unhealthy cheap food, and for some the temptation is great. When employees don’t have to leave the house to go to work, they are far more likely to simply prepare some of the food already stocked in the kitchen. A healthy snack is much more readily available at home than on the street corner outside the office.

Healthy workers are productive workers. They have more energy to complete the work they need to, and miss fewer days due to being sick.

Lower Utility Drain

When employees work at home, they use fewer utilities. When they have to pay for it themselves, employees are far more conscious about how much electricity and water they are using, because they get to lower their own personal expenses by doing so. As a plus, that means that the company doesn’t have to pay for those utilities either.

Telecommuting is a win-win for businesses. Employees are more productive and happier and businesses get high work quality and lower bills.

Businesses are always looking for ways to generate profits while retaining good talent. Technology like VoIP service is able to close the gap between home and the office with ease, creating the new opportunities for the way people work and where they work. Simply put, VoIP makes it easy to balance health, happiness, and hard work all at once.

Jennifer Cuellar is a technology writer and editor based out of San Diego, California. She covers the latest news in phone technology and VoIP solutions.