Why It’s Time Your Company Went Virtual

The virtual workplace is growing, and companies are taking notice. Currently, 34 million Americans work remotely at least partially, and this number is expected to grow to 63 million by 2016.

The benefits of a virtual work environment for employees are fairly obvious. It presents the opportunity for a better work-life balance, eliminates commuting and helps talented workers schedule productivity around their personal schedules.

Virtual work is also a good idea for companies looking to cut costs while retaining the best people. A study by Stanford University showed that companies can save as much as $2,000 per employee just by letting them work from home.

And numerous studies, including one from Brigham Young University, show that virtual workers actually log more work hours. According to the BYU study, virtual workers put in as many as 19 additional hours of work each week.

Yet building a virtual company is no easy feat, especially for organizations looking to build company culture and a robust employer brand.

Many telecommute options

Implementing a telecommuting option means sitting down and understanding the balance between office work and virtual work for your employees. This should be worked out before a new hire ever steps foot into your office, or signs into their workstation from afar. Here are just a few telecommuting options you might want to consider, based on the needs of the position: