Within our agency, we utilize a work program called Flexiplace or working remotely from home. There are many benefits to this program that can cut costs for the government and the employee.
1. Cost associated with office/building - Fewer people in the office results in lower utility bills on electricity, gas, heating/AC, and water and sanitation removal/disposal. Lower office bills: fewer items to keep in stock, less coffee to provide, fewer paper clips to stock, fewer phone calls to pay for, less toilet paper to buy etc.
2. Costs associated with government sponsored day care centers – working from home allows parents to care for their own children. As we all know childcare is expensive and it can be difficult for some mothers to justify returning to work given the cost of care. By allowing them to work from home, employers can retain the knowledge and intellectual property held by these employees and utilizes their talent productively, increasing loyalty and reducing staff turnover. This in turn allows the government to cut costs pertaining to expenditures for providing child care.
3. Fuel costs/consumption would also be reduced that is associated with traveling to and from work as well as cutting back on the amount of emissions produced. A study in 2009 showed the each employee working from home in 2008 saved around $5000 that year.
4. Pressure on space and facilities has increased – the cost of housing an employee can be prohibitive and working from home is one way past this problem.
5. Reduced health insurance costs - Employees who have more flexibility in their schedules tend to be happier people because they may arrange their schedule to include running errands, taking care of their children and getting enough rest and exercise. Studies have shown employers benefit from less sick and personal leave taken; lower turnover, which cuts hiring and training costs; reduced office and parking space needs; and increased employee productivity and morale.