When Telecommuting Becomes the ONLY Solution

by Cody Martin on May 7, 2013

Telecommuting has become a huge part of business culture. The unceasing Internet growth and the continuous boom in smart and mobile communications have allowed businesses to expand their workplace without too much outlay. And this is very beneficial. It wouldn’t be as big as it is today if it didn’t really provide positive results, right?

That is why these days, having a 9 to 5 job doesn’t necessarily mean physically reporting to the office. You can set up your own virtual office right at the comfort of your own home and still be able to finish tasks and make a living. All you really need is a reliable internet connection and a laptop.

But not everyone finds telecommuting helpful. For some reason, struggling companies like Yahoo and Best Buy have decided to reduce their employees’ telecommuting privileges since they believe that proximity can be better solutions at this time of trouble. But such decisions to reduce telecommuting reaped negative criticisms not just from their employees, but from business experts and tycoons as well.

The thing is, if worse comes to worst, there will be times when telecommuting really becomes the ONLY solution. Here are a few scenariosWhen Telecommuting Becomes the ONLY Solution

  • When out on official business trips. If a task or project requires you to leave the confines of office and travel, you really have no choice but to telecommute. You can get the task done and still be able to report for work from wherever you are. All you really need is your laptop and a Wi-Fi or Hotspot connection. For more mobility, you can install apps on your smartphone and still be able to communicate with your colleagues back home.
  • When diagnosed with a communicable disease. When you or one of your employees are diagnosed with any type of communicable disease, the last thing you want to happen is for the disease to spread and create a type of epidemic within the confines of your office. That kind of scenario will render your business paralyzed. The best solution is to let the sick employee go on sick leave. If, however, the concerned employee has very important deliverables and is capable of finishing the task at home, then telecommuting becomes the best and only solution. It’s a win-win situation, really. Tasks get done, the sick worker gets paid, and the rest of your staff members are spared from the disease. It’s business as usual for everyone.
  •  When natural disasters strike. You know how storms, floods, hurricanes, wild fires, and earthquakes can affect your business right? The very building your office space is located can get damaged or affected, or the streets leading to your office can be blocked or impassable. When this happens, the best thing to do in order to continue operations is to implement telecommuting. By allowing your employees to work from home, you’re helping ensure their safety and getting tasks done. Your business isn’t completely paralyzed despite some physical overhauls you may need to do.

These are just some of the scenarios wherein telecommuting becomes the only solution. Thanks to the power of the internet and the unending advancements in mobile communications technology, it’s business as usual for many companies despite some unforeseen setbacks.

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Mark

The best solution is to let the sick employee go on sick leave. If, however, the concerned employee has very important deliverables and is capable of finishing the task at home, then telecommuting becomes the best and only solution.

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chris

Cody, I think this post was very interesting. I recently (within 9 months) joined the telecommuters. After many debates with former employers, and their inability to see the advantages of telecommuting, working from home etc. So I made a decision: My productivity increased along with my emotional state. I now enjoy the huge benefits from working at home. My family love it.

This is the first time I have visited your site and found this post educational and informative

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ChemisTRaP
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Telecommuting is huge part of business. I love that.

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Aaron Stene

While telecommuting can save a lot of time and effort by avoid the daily commute, too much of it can leave employees feeling isolated and lonely. Interaction with colleagues is a normal part of society and being on the other end of an Internet connection isn’t the same as meeting up face to face.
On the plus side; anything that avoids commuting for hours every week has to be a good thing! :-)

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