The notion of the long, daily commute to work is over, at least for 20 to 25% of us. That’s the percentage of the workforce that chooses to telework at some frequency, according to GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com. Today’s employees are increasingly setting down roots outside of the company office, all while remaining engaged and productive.
The trek to work often means grabbing a cup of coffee and walking down the hall to the home office, or meeting a client onsite. But with mobile or remote workers, these folks are typically motivated self-starters who can do their jobs with little supervision, and often work outside of the 9 to 5 norm.
Co-working spaces are another popular modern workplace trend. These bright, airy spaces offer private offices, shared desks, and open-area work tables and conference rooms, ideal for small businesses and remote teams. They come with lots of perks – low cost, no maintenance, and access to copiers, private phone booths and lounge areas – as well as the opportunity to network with other business people throughout the day.
As workers want more flexibility in where, when and how they work, businesses should take note. Alternative work arrangements can mean significant cost savings for employers and reduced employee turnover. And employees tend to put in more time when commutes are shorter (or eliminated!) and have fewer work/life conflicts.
Building in workplace flexibility doesn’t have to be time-consuming or expensive. It does mean looking for ways to make remote and mobile workers feel they’re a valuable part of the company and provide the right tools to keep them productive. For businesses with individuals or groups in co-sharing spaces, encouraging them to take advantage of networking opportunities can even generate new business.