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Cost savings, hiring, retention and improved employee health cited as benefits
Companies that give their workers the option of telecommuting are benefitting from greater productivity, lower costs, more options for finding and retaining qualified staff and improved employee health, according to a survey of U.S. employers by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).
More than two-thirds (67 percent) of survey respondents across a range of industries said their organization has experienced greater worker productivity as a result of allowing employees to telecommute full time or part time. Improved productivity is principally attributable to workers spending less time getting to and from work.
“With ‘anywhere’ connectivity, faster broadband options and high-quality video and online conferencing choices, the opportunity for virtual offices is greater today and more affordable for businesses of all sizes and types,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA, in a statement from the group.
Companies that use telecommuting also benefit from cost savings through reduced use of office-related materials and resources and lower vehicle-related expenses. Nearly six out of 10 respondents (59 percent) identified cost savings as a significant benefit.
Higher Retention, Less Stress
Telecommuting is helping organizations find and keep qualified staff, and keep their employees healthier.
According to the CompTIA survey, respondents said telecommuting provides their companies with:
Other benefits of telecommuting, as revealed in the survey, include:
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