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Employees who work from home see several benefits


Business insurance can often lead to happier firm owners, while allowing employees to telecommute creates a more productive staff. Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, recently announced results of a survey that found 93 percent of employees agree telecommuting programs are mutually beneficial. The research referenced statistics from a report that forecasted nearly 5 million employees will have the ability to work from home by 2016.

Working from home provides several benefits
Higher levels of happiness around the office, lower overall stress and a more engaged workforce are just a few reasons why giving employee the opportunity to telecommute could benefit small-business owners. However, there are other aspects of a telecommuting policy that can be helpful to both firm owners and their staff. Cost savings and productivity, as well as work/life balance are also some common findings of small-business owners who employ staff who are able to work from home. 

"Telecommuting can help achieve balance between workplace demands and life obligations, but being successful isn't as simple as just sending employees home with their laptops," said Tom Heisroth, senior vice president for Staples Advantage.

Security concerns still loom
Telecommuting policies are undoubtedly beneficial for certain employers, but they are also a cause for concern for some small-business owners. The research revealed 59 percent of employees who work from home do no use their company's data backup system, while 33 percent face IT shortcomings that make it difficult to complete work. By training staff members on best practices for working away from the office, small-business owners can ensure their employees will be as productive as possible while telecommuting.

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