With the many different challenges that are facing companies in the 21st
century, it makes sense that many are choosing to shift part or all of
their operations to a telecommuting set up, in spite of the few
And while there are numerous benefits and advantages in store for those
companies who choose to shift some or all of their operations into a
home based telecommuting system, it is prudent to understand the
drawbacks to such a system as well, for both the companies and the
workers involved. For the edification of those interested in such a
telecommuting system, here are the telecommuting disadvantages that are
the most common to the process.
Not All Employees Are Cut Out For It
One of the reasons that telecommuting can be considered somewhat
ineffective is because not all employees are cut out for the freedom
that is offered by working from a home based office. Many times, some
types of workers completely slack off and do not get their work done at
all. For a company to succeed, a company needs to hire workers who are
good at working unsupervised, that is comfortable working from home but
still able to treat such a perk professionally.
There Can Be Difficulties With Management And Oversight
Also, if an entire department is shifted to a telecommuting set up,
there can be some difficulties with overseeing the work produced by some
employees, and there are obstacles for clear and direct management.
These can be mitigated somewhat through a continuous and involved
teleconferencing policy that keeps everything together.
Team Work Tends To Suffer
One of the reasons that
can sometimes hinder work forces is due to the fact that, when working
from home, many employees can feel disassociated from the company, and
that they are not invested fully in its success. Some home based workers
no longer feel as though they are “a part of the team” so to speak, and
this can hinder performance and lead to low worker morale.
Initial Up Front Costs Can Be Formidable
One of the biggest obstacles to switching a department or a division to
a dedicated telecommuting operation is the excessively high up front
costs associated with upgrading home office equipment, and integrating
all systems together into a cohesive and productive system.
All of these issues aside, it is clear that the telecommuting
disadvantages are greatly overshadowed by the many clear and numerous
advantages that telecommuting represents. The companies that will
succeed through telecommuting will be the ones that can present clear,
precise direction through their policies, their management and oversight
procedures and who hire and train workers best suited to this type of
work. And though it is clear that working from home is not necessarily
an option for every type of worker, a company can shave hundreds of
thousands, or even millions of dollars off of their bottom lines each
and every year. The advantages far outweigh the
for many companies.