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Is telecommuting as productive as it’s touted to be?

One incentive companies have increasingly begun offering to employees as part of reward and recognition programs is the option to work from home.

One incentive companies have increasingly begun offering to employees as part of reward and recognition programs is the option to work from home.

However, according to The Brisbane Times, the allure of telecommuting is beginning to fade. But why? Experts have contended that allowing workers the option to complete tasks from home can improve productivity by giving them more freedom and flexibility.

Managers, though, have pointed to holes in the set-up. For one, senior personnel have found it difficult to oversee staff members not actually present or visible, the newspaper explains. There are tools that can help firms overcome this difficulty, such as video technologies and collaborative tools.

"Organizations have to have a business case as to why they are doing it," Yvette Blount of Macquarie University's Faculty of Business and Economics told the news source. "It has implications for customer service and the bottom line. [Teleworking] needs to be monitored, measured and properly evaluated."

If companies are considering adding a telecommuting option, it may be best to examine employees on a case-by-case basis, which will allow businesses to tailor the incentives to fit their needs and those of their workers.

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