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What is Telecommuting

Angela Karl
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You might have heard that telecommuting can make both employees and employers happier because of its numerous benefits, but exactly what is telecommuting?

Essentially, it’s when an employee works from outside of the office. This could be at home in their silk pajamas, on the other side of the world, or just in a coffee shop. Rather than commuting to work each day, the remote worker ‘telecommutes,’ communicating with coworkers and bosses through the Internet and phones.

Some Major Benefits of Telecommuting


Employers might have the fear that if you hire remote developers, they could spend their days lounging on the beach or watching “Game of Thrones” episodes all day instead of being productive. Contrary to that vision, the large majority of employees are more productive when working outside of the office.

This is because those wasted minutes standing by the water cooler or the occasional chat break really do add up. While it’s still important to create remote culture within your company, not having to listen to the office loudmouth while you’re trying to focus on developing code can save the company from a lot of mistakes and wasted time.


If your company is located in a small, rural town rather than a techhub like San Francisco, you might feel like your chances of finding top notch talent is impossible. This is where telecommuting can help.

Even if do you live in a major city, limiting yourself to only the local talent doesn’t make much sense when high-speed internet and a multitude of applications make it simple and smart for your remote workers to telecommute.

Opening your search up to employees from all over the world gives you the ability to find well-educated, talented individuals who have the specialized skills necessary to thrive in your team.


Yes, remote developers who are extremely talented and can actually focus on their work are both very important. But, these benefits don’t mean anything if you can’t afford it.

This is honestly one of the main reasons that “as many as 60 percent of office-bound employees are expected to be transitioned to remote work by 2022.” The bottom line is that having telecommuting employees can save the company a lot of money.

Certainly, there is the cash saved by having more productive working nomads, but that’s not all. In fact, the company Ctrip “conducted a nine-month study on the productivity of its call center employees who chose to telecommute.”

At the end of this study, Ctrip concluded that the company was able to save as much as $1,900 per remote employee because they didn’t need to pay for extra office space, supplies, and more.

Of course, these working nomads are also able to save time and money by not spending money on gas, lunch away from home, and other related commuting costs. With telecommuting, both the employee and the employer win financially.

Telecommuting is Expanding

While the benefits mentioned above are only a few of the many benefits of telecommuting, you can easily see why remote work from home is expected to be the biggest hiring trend of this year.

Having the ability to work from home, a library, or anywhere else, helps make employees less stressed and more productive. As these remote workers are happier, so are the companies taking advantage of the opportunity.

Increased savings and much greater access to talented individuals means that remote workers will only continue to grow. If you’d like to experience these benefits, let Distant Job identify and assess the world’s top talent to find the best telecommuter for you.

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