Telecommuting options help companies retain employees

In lieu of raises, most companies are offering their employees more flexibility in order to keep them from jumping ship. And it’s up to IT to help make sure some of those flexible policies can be implemented.

The prime example: telecommuting.

More than 80% of companies offer employees some kind of opportunity to work from home, according to the recent “Survey on Workplace Flexibility” conducted by WorldatWork.

According to the survey, 58% of employers let some employees work from home at least one day a month, while 57% let some folks telecommute at least once a week, and 37% offer opportunities for some people to work from home full time.

But even more important than that scheduled telework is the opportunity to work from home on an ad hoc basis — 83% of employees offer that opportunity. In other words, employees can telecommute when there are events that require them to stay home.

That’s an important benefit for many employees, and even if companies don’t plan on allowing full-time telecommuting, it could be a smart idea for IT departments to make sure the infrastructure is in place to allow people to work at home when they need to.

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