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Work from Home Jobs Booming but Who Really Benefits

Canada is witnessing a sea change in the way employees are working – a large number of people prefer to work from home rather than commute to their workplace. Thanks to technology, staying connected to your office and team workers is really simple – all you need is a good internet connection, a computer, and a phone line. Though these kinds of jobs are booming, the doubt continues to linger: Is working from home productive and in the best interests of the organization?

Reports have established that there is a steady increase in the number of work-from-home jobs over the past decade. This trend will only continue to grow, as more and more people realize the benefits of working from the comforts of their rooms. Here’s a look at how this trend works in favor of the employees.

How Employees Benefit when they Work from Home

  1. Saving on gas: People can save a great deal by not traveling to work. And it’s not just saving on fuel expenses, think of it as a way to help the planet by emitting fewer gas emissions and reducing your carbon footprint!
  2. Saving on child care: If you’re working from home, you may not have to invest in full-time day care, five days a week. Of course, you can’t get rid of child care expenses totally, but it gives you the choice of adjusting your work schedule as per the kids’ activities. Being at home gives you the freedom to look after your children when they’re home and get work done when they’re asleep or away at school, which leads us to the next point.
  3. Better productivity: Contrary to popular belief, employees can be at their productive best when working from home. How? Saving time in traveling and being able to devote time to family leaves most of us happy. And happy employees are able to put their best foot forward and give their best to the organization. A study carried out at CTrip, a Chinese travel agency, shows that telecommuting significantly enhanced productivity in its workers, and lowered the company’s attrition rate.1

How the Organization Benefits when Employees Work from Home

The advantages of working from home aren’t limited to employees alone; they extend to the organization and the employer as well.
  1. Saving on office expenses: It reduces office expenses. You can choose to have a smaller office if you have lesser number of employees. That also translates into less expenditure on coffee, stationery, electricity, phone bills, and parking space.
  2. Increase in employee retention: Imagine a situation where an employee is forced to quit because his or her spouse gets a new job. If this employee is given the option of telecommuting, he or she will gladly lap it up! It solves the problem of the employee relocating and finding a new job, and it saves the organization time and resources needed to hire and train a new employee in place of the old one.
  3. Program continuity: Working from home offers minimum disruptions in a project which is beneficial from an organizational standpoint. For instance, inclement weather, road blockages, PTA meetings, and even falling sick are all reasons regular employees might take a day off. But those working from home can rearrange their schedules and complete any unfinished work by staying up late or working over the weekend.
Just like work from home is fast becoming a popular choice for workers across Canada and the globe, people, especially students and professionals who wish to continue education are resorting to online training to further their expertise. In fact, several organizations encourage their employees to study further while continuing with their jobs because it’s a win-win situation for both. Workers who choose to go for higher education result in a skilled workforce, which ultimately bodes well for the organization too. Career Step2 in Canada states that employers are keen on hiring their graduates because they provide quality online training in medical transcription to their students. Medical transcription is a great example of a work-from-home job – the best part is you can get the requisite training online without stepping out and even get hired to work online!



The benefits of working from home completely dwarf its disadvantages. You get to be your own boss, set your own pace, and work at your will. No, this doesn’t mean that you can slack off when you want to, but it gives you an edge over those who commute to work daily by fixing your own schedule and adjusting it without asking anyone’s permission. Chatting up with a friend, reading a few pages of your favorite book or watching your favorite TV show – isn’t the work from home option seeming more and more tempting by the moment?!

Author Bio:
Arnold has over 5 years of experience in allied healthcare. He likes to share his knowledge in the field by writing articles and participating in online discussions. When not working, Arnold loves to listen to music and play with his kids.

Sources:
1. http://www.stanford.edu/~nbloom/WFH.pdf
2. http://www.careerstep.ca/

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