By: Darla J. McClure
The Free State Accountant
Media Type: Publication
Should you allow your employees to telecommute?
The answer to this question is maybe. Telecommuting, which is the opportunity to work for a business from the comfort of your own home or other desired location, is steadily becoming more and more of a common occurrence in businesses today. Roughly 3.1 million employees telecommuted in 2011 as reported by the Telework Research Network. Even with Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer’s surprising decision to end telecommuting for the internet company effective this past June, experts believe that the number of telecommuters will only continue to grow as more and more companies weigh the pros and cons.
So what are the pros?
Now, how about the cons?
As you can see there are both advantages and disadvantages to allowing employees to telecommute and the list above is an example and not by any means all inclusive. Telecommuting is not appropriate in all situations and is not right for everyone, and is not right for all positions. However, if you are thinking about implementing a telecommuting policy it is best to discuss this with a human resource professional as well as employment counsel to make sure you have considered all of the ramifications associated with such policy.
This article was originally posted in The Free State Accountant, a publication of the Maryland Society of Accountants.
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