Is Telecommuting a Good Option for Your Organization?

Summary: Telecommuting offers substantial benefits to both employees and employers. By embracing telecommuting, businesses can enhance employee satisfaction, boost productivity, and achieve significant cost savings.


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The Evolution of Telecommuting: A Win-Win Option for Modern Workplaces

The term "telecommuting" was coined in 1972 by Jack Nilles to describe his remote work arrangement while developing a NASA communication system[1]. Once considered a niche trend for a select few, telecommuting has evolved into a mainstream staffing option with lasting significance. Recent data reveals that telecommuting is increasingly prevalent across various demographics in the country.

Based on a report by Statistics Canada[2], as of November 2023, approximately 20% of Canadian workers are telecommuting. Furthermore, in 2021, 33% of Canadian businesses offered remote working, a 14% increase from 2019[3]. These statistics indicate an evolving work culture and demonstrate a growing trend towards remote work.


Benefits of Telecommuting

The advantages of telecommuting extend beyond mere convenience, offering substantial benefits to both employees and employers alike:

  • Improved Work-Life Balance: Telecommuting alleviates the stress of commuting and enables employees to balance work and personal commitments better.

  • Enhanced Productivity: With fewer distractions and the flexibility to work in comfortable environments, telecommuters often produce higher-quality work.

  • Cost Savings: Employers can significantly reduce operating expenses, including office space and utilities, while employees save on commuting costs.

  • Environmental Impact: Telecommuting reduces carbon emissions by minimizing the need for daily commutes.

  • Employee Satisfaction: Offering telecommuting as an option demonstrates employer flexibility and support, leading to greater job satisfaction and employee loyalty.


Telework Capacity

According to Statistics Canada[2], in 2019, nearly 40% of Canadian jobs had the potential for remote work. The chart below depicts the capacity of different industries for telework opportunities. It shoes potential for remote work is available for approximately 85% of workers employed in finance, insurance, and professional, scientific, and technical services[4]




Tips for Telecommuting Success

To maximize the benefits of telecommuting, it is crucial to approach it thoughtfully:

  • Invest in Technology: Ensure telecommuters can access necessary tools and resources for seamless remote work. StarGarden's HCM 5.0 streamlines processes, offering a centralized recruitment, onboarding, training, and performance management system.
    Learn about Cloud-based systems on our blog post "Working From Home - Not Just for Snow Days Anymore"

  • Prioritize Information Security: Implement robust security measures to safeguard company data and sensitive information.

  • Establish Clear Expectations:
     Set specific goals and objectives to maintain accountability and productivity.

  • Provide Guidance:
    Offer guidance on setting up home workspaces and strategies for maintaining focus and productivity.

Telecommuting isn't just a passing trend; it's a strategic approach to modern workforce management with far-reaching benefits. By embracing telecommuting and implementing best practices, businesses can enhance employee satisfaction, boost productivity, and achieve significant cost savings.
Learn more about navigating a hybrid workplace in our blog, "The Hybrid Workplace: Navigating a New Era of Work."


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[1] Allied Telecom. The History of Telecommuting.,and%20the%20phrase%20was%20born

[2] Statistics Canada. 2023. Research to Insights: Working from home in Canada. Economic and Social Reports.

[3] Statistics Canada. 2022. Digital technology and Internet use, 2021. The Daily. 

[4] Deng, Z., D. Messacar, and R. Morissette. 2020. Running the Economy Remotely: Potential for Working from Home During and After COVID-19. StatCan COVID-19: Data to Insights for a Better Canada, no. 26. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 45280001. Ottawa: Statistics Canada.