Ideally, how would you imagine a successful business person – a slick executive who sits in a chamber in his plush office or a person in casual clothes working with his laptop from his living room or study? Obviously, conventionally we’ve been trained to view the former as one having a strong career while the latter as one working to make some income on a temporary basis. But times have changed. Nowadays, a lot of jobs related to the IT/ITES service industry can be done from home. In the present recession-torn times, working from home is a beneficial option for both the employer and employed. Let’s see how:
Advantages to the Employer
- Save up on office space and infrastructure
The more the number of people attending office, the more space the employer will require accommodating them. Also, more machines and furniture needs to be bought by the employer. By hiring people who work from home, the employer can slash all extra costs incurred on the extra space and infrastructure. Of course, the people whose presence is indispensable in the office definitely need to attend it.
- Additional perks
The employer has to pay perks such as transportation allowance benefits of working from home to the employee for his to and fro office journey. This is another cost saving area if you employ a person working from home.
- Wider scope of employee selection
By allotting work online, you are getting the chance for global candidature for your job. So, the employer has a wide choice of selection now from any country in the world. Talent is the only deciding factor for employment. Did you know that many talented people don’t turn up at your office seeking a job only because they have some difficulty with its geographical location? Also, when you invite people to work in your office alone you have to compromise with people in your city/ town. People coming from outside cities, nations will ask you to pay more and provide accommodation too.
I find many computer programmers, customer care executives and writers traveling to office everyday. Why should they do so when they have a better option of working from home?
Advantages to the Employee
Today, I’m a freelance work-at-home website writer out of choice. Even though I get innumerable opportunities to work in an office, I’m not keen on joining them. Let’s see why this work-at-home style of the profession has a magnetic effect on me.
- Flexible work hours
you might have heard about people talk about getting liberated from the 9-5 work schedule by working from home. That is very true. But that does not make me a lazy worker. I’ve got to put in the same amount of hard work as I’d have if I’d work onsite
- Workplace independence
Now with my wireless internet modem and laptop, I can travel anywhere in the world without getting my work output affected. I went on a holiday a few days ago but my daily output was the same. Now could you have done that if you went to office?
- Good salary
I’m surprised to find that many of my onsite counterparts are earning the same amount as I do. Also, they save
less because they have to invest on transportation, for good presentation, food etc. which come when you work outside home. By being a regular employee of a company you get additional monetary perks like insurance coverage, retirement benefits and employee provident funds; but these days when employment itself is so uncertain do these long-term benefits make much sense?
- Saves you monotony
Working from home saves you the monotony of sitting at the same desk for years. Also as you have the opportunity to work with more than one employer, the work change is recreating
- Opportunity for international employment
As any employer from around the world can work with you online you get international exposure.