Forbes Best Companies to Work for share many commonalities, one of which is telecommuting. Telecommuting is gaining speed in the business world. According to the U.S. Census bureau, home-based work in computer, engineering, and science occupations increased by 69 percent between 2000 and 2010. Based on current trends in the United States, telecommuters will total 63 million by 2016. What sort of technology is available if your company is going to offer work-from-home opportunities for your employees?
- Microsoft Office 365 is hosted in the cloud so employees can access it at any time in any place. It is the same Office that you are already familiar with, and you can get your programs from a PC, Mac, or various mobile devices.
- Voice over IP (VoIP) is a way of making phone calls over the internet. Since you are not tied down with wires, you can bring your phone number along with you – ideal for remote workers.
- Virtual private network (VPN) provides remote users secure access to your network. Once connected, all Internet communication is encrypted – which is very important in today’s world.
There is a strong correlation between telecommuting and job satisfaction. Employees reported being happier, more productive, and loyal to their companies when given the opportunity to work-from-home. If you are looking to offer your employees one day to work-from-home, need remote employees around the country, or just want a system in place in case of bad weather or emergencies, there are options available for every choice. CTI can help your company find a cost-effective solution – including installation – with any of these services.