Employees Save Time

Commuting is a big issue for many employees around the world. According to a report from the United States Census Bureau 600,000 employees in the U.S. travel 90 minutes and 50 miles to work (each way) and 10.8 million employees travel an hour each way. Can you imagine spending 10-15 hours in your car each week just driving? That’s almost a part-time job in your car. You can play around with various scenarios here to figure out how much money is being wasted each year on commuting but the number can easily reach the billions especially when considering other costs such as gas.

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Employees Are More Productive

There are numerous reports which cite the fact that employees who work from home are actually more productive than those who work from an office. Global Workplace Analytics has perhaps the most comprehensive set of data around this with numbers ranging from 600 billion dollars which are wasted each year on workplace distractions to figures showing that national productivity would increase by $334 billion to $467 billion a year through telecommuting.

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Improved Quality Of Life For Employees

A few years ago researchers at Umea University in Sweden found that “couples in which one partner commutes for longer than 45 minutes are 40 percent likelier to divorce.” Work is already one of the leading causes of stress for employees and on top of that we throw on the stress that comes from commuting. Employees could spend that time working or being with family members or loved ones instead of sitting in a car.

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New Workplaces

As mentioned above, any location is now a potential workplace; this includes a home office, a coffee shop, or any other location where you can get an internet connection. Over the past few years we have also seen the rapid emergence of co-working spaces where employees from different companies can rent desks or offices near where they live (or where it is convenient for them). These co-working spaces are equipment with conference rooms, kitchens, and oftentimes more amenities then a traditional corporate office. In addition, some companies are renting out their excess offices to employees of other companies.

Rashida Maples, Esq. is Founder and Managing Partner of J. Maples & Associates (www.jmaplesandassociates.com). She has practiced Entertainment, Real Estate and Small Business Law for 9 years, handling both transactional and litigation matters. Her clients include R&B Artists Bilal and Olivia, NFL Superstar Ray Lewis, Fashion Powerhouse Harlem’s Fashion Row and Hirschfeld Properties, LLC.

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