Benefits of Telecommuting

Why Telecommuting?

The university confirms its commitment to assisting employees in developing a work-life balance by supporting the use of telecommuting. Telecommuting can also benefit the university in numerous ways, including, potentially reducing costs as well as improving employee productivity and morale.

Benefits of Telecommuting

Better for the Environment

Telecommuting can help support GW’s sustainability efforts by reducing automobile emissions and cutting fuel consumption. Telecommuting also eliminates the high demand for heating, cooling, and lighting that is often required by an office building as compared to a home environment.

Encourages Work-Life Balance

Telecommuting can save an employee significant time that would otherwise be spent commuting to and from work. That extra time can allow employees to find a better balance between their work and their personal lives. This extra time can also help reduce stress, improve employees’ health, and therefore reduce health insurance costs – a win for both the employee and GW.

Increases Morale and Productivity

Employees whose responsibilities and preferred work environment are a good fit for a telecommuting arrangement are often more motivated and productive than when limited to the traditional office environment. Telecommuting also allows employees to escape the distractions at the workplace and better focus on their work. Finally, it allows employees to work in locations beyond the office or home, including the airport, a client site, or in the Marvin Center between meetings.

Improves Retention

Telecommuting can allow employees to successfully work not only from the next county over, but in some cases from hundreds or thousands of miles away. By supporting better work-life balance, telecommuting can also can help retain employees who may otherwise consider leaving due to changes in their personal life. Decreased employee turnover means GW is able to retain great employees and enjoy savings in recruiting and training costs, as well as provide a high quality of service.

Cost Savings

Telecommuting can achieve significant savings associated with real estate costs and overhead. GW can grow without the need to rent/build additional workstations, office spaces, and parking facilities. Employees also benefit from paying less in gas and mass transportation costs.

 

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