Benefits of Adopting a Work-from-home Setup
Traffic in the Philippines is worsening by the second. In fact, according to Numbeo Traffic Index 2017, Manila ranked 6th with the worst case traffic, and the strain of daily commute to and from work is affecting workers productivity.
Long hours during travel significantly affect an individual’s level of stress and lack of energy, which leads to poor performance at work. What more is that according to an article in Inquirer.Net, a person in Metro Manila who travels for work wastes 28,000 hours of his economic life because of heavy traffic. In a company’s point-of-view, imagine how many hours are wasted every time an employee is late for work – hours that could amount to a certain monetary value. Not having your employees face the everyday struggle of commuting and avoiding the possibility of forsaking productivity sounds like a good reason to adopt the work-from-home setup.
On May 22, 2017, Senate Bill No. 1363 or the Telecommuting Act of 2017 was approved on its third and final reading. Authored by Senators Joel Villanueva and Cynthia Villar, the bill garnered 22 affirmative votes, zero negative vote, and zero abstention. The approved law states telecommuting as partial or total substitution of computers or telecommunication technologies, or both, of commuting to work by employees. The law will help ease the worsening traffic in the Philippines and allows more employees to work at home. At the same time, protecting the rights of home-based workers by ensuring that they have equal pay, leave benefits, and promotion as their counterparts in the office. Senator Villanueva said that the law is not mandatory but instead, it gives the employer the discretion of offering telecommuting to their workers or not. In a statement made by the Senator, a study by VM Ware Inc. last 2014 shows that 70% of their respondents who worked “on-the-go” claimed they were more productive and creative. And 73% said that working-from-home was an ideal work setup.
Although work-from-home is not mandatory for businesses in the Philippines, here are some benefits to convince you to adopt this business setup.
Most employees who call in sick usually aren’t – they do so because of family issues, personal needs and stress. Providing them flexible hours allows them to balance work and life, do errands and set appointments without wasting a whole day. Their health also improves, the physical and mental stress commute brings them are gone, they get to eat a healthier and balanced meal and get to spend time with their family, leaving no reasons for sudden absences.
In a study conducted by Stanford professor, Nick Bloom, workers were more productive, worked longer hours and had fewer breaks. Removed from stress and distractions of the workplace and working in their own preferred environment at their own pace, they are even happier compared to their in-office counterparts.
Telecommuting saves money because workers pay for their own computer, electricity, and utilities. You reduce overhead costs such as mortgage or lease, janitorial services, office supplies, coffee and water expenses, office equipment, furniture, and transportation subsidies.
No Geographical Restrictions
You can hire anyone over the globe and get the best of the best people in your team. It also makes it easier to work with clients everywhere as long as you have someone in the same time zone as they are.
High Retention Rates
Remote workers report higher job satisfaction and better work-life balance, which makes them stay for long. They show more dedication and loyalty than those who spend time in the office five times a week. When you consider the time and money needed to hire and train a new employee, it’s a huge benefit to have your current employee work-from-home.
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