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Working from home (WFH) is becoming a more popular work option for professionals in many industries. According to the Telework Trend Report, published by the Collaborative Institutional Research Network (CIRN), the number of employees that telecommute, work remotely, or work from home has increased by 14% from 2016 to 2017. Working from home offers several benefits for employees and employers alike. This article will explore what WFH is, how it can be a win-win situation for both parties, and how your company can implement this program.
What is Working From Home?
Working from home (WFH) is conducting work-related tasks outside of the office. For example, if a sales rep works from home, they may hold sales calls, send emails, or attend meetings with clients while not physically present at their office. WFH may also include managing or supervising employees who work remotely. Technically speaking, WFH is any work conducted outside of the office. There are, however, two major types of WFH: Telework and Home-Based Work.
Why Work From Home?
There are many reasons why a company might decide to adopt a WFH program. Some of the most common are listed below: – Attracting top talent – Since WFH programs are more common in higher-paying industries, such as healthcare and technology, companies can use them to attract top talent. – Expanding company reach – Companies with a distributed workforce can employ WFH to create a more unified company culture. – Better managing remote employees – WFH allows companies to more effectively manage a distributed workforce.
How to Implement a WFH Program
There are three things you need to do to implement a WFH program at your company: – Determine if a WFH program is right for your company – Before you decide to implement a WFH program, you need to make sure that it’s right for your company. To do this, you need to consider several factors, such as your industry, company culture, and employee needs. – Create a company policy – Once you’ve decided to implement a WFH program, you need to create a policy that outlines what this program entails, such as the types of jobs eligible for WFH, the process for applying, etc. This WFH policy should also address how your company will handle any issues that may arise, such as discrimination in hiring, or work-related accidents, such – Advertise the program – Finally, you need to advertise the program to prospective employees. If you have a job board, advertise the program there. If not, reach out to a recruiting firm to help you advertise the program.
Drawbacks of a WFH Program
Although WFH programs offer many benefits, there are some drawbacks that your company should be aware of before implementing a program. Some of these drawbacks include: – Increased risk of workplace injuries – Since employees are not in the office, there is a higher risk of injury. This can be especially true if the employee is managing others remotely. – Increased risk of discrimination – If you only offer WFH programs to certain employees, you risk discrimination. – Decreased office morale – WFH programs can be disruptive to the morale in the office if they are not implemented correctly.
Many companies are turning to WFH programs as a way to attract top talent and expand their workforce. To implement a WFH program, you first need to determine if a program is right for your company. Once you’ve decided to implement a program, you need to create a company policy and advertise that program to prospective employees. There are, however, a few drawbacks to WFH programs, such as an increased risk of workplace injuries, increased risk of discrimination, and decreased office morale.