David B. Grinberg

Thanks, as always, for your keen insights and valuable feedback, Henry.

The Cisco/Citrix research infographic, posted earlier by Terry, speaks volumes about how remote work and workplace flexibility programs unequivocally benefit managers and employers. Perhaps you’re correct that advocates need to re-emphasize these facts in a more cogent, consistent and persistent manner.

The bottom line, as the infographic points out, is that work is not a place where you go, it’s what you do and produce.

To wit, according to the infographic:

  • 80% of employers with “mobile workstyles” have already reported cost-related savings.
  • Workplace flexibility programs reduce unscheduled employee absences by a whopping 63%.
  • The average annual cost to employers of such absences is $1,800 per worker (thus do the math).
  • The stress level for in-office workers is double the amount of co-workers with flexible work schedules.
  • Employees with workplace flexibility are 50% more likely to “go the extra mile” for the employer.
  • Employees with flexible/mobile work options are astoundingly 90% happier than those without them.
  • Employee turnover is double the rate for employees without flexible work schedules.
  • 60% of employees with flexible work would “likely leave their jobs” if such flexibility was eliminated.
  • 72% of job candidates would choose an employer with flexible work options compared to those without.
  • Employees with workplace flexibility save about $4,500 annually on commuting costs.
  • Employees with flexible work options average about 2.5 weeks in free time (non-work time).

Thus the proof is in the pudding, as they say. Workplace flexibility results in:

  • Significantly greater employee productivity.
  • Noticeable higher rates of attaining and retaining talented workers.
  • Substantial cost savings due to fewer employee absences.
  • Less pollution and more employee savings in commuting costs.
  • A better work-life balance which boosts morale and productivity.
  • Employers being more attractive to prospective employees.

These facts are overwhelming proof of the myriad benefits for employers, managers and workers directly related to remote work and other workplace flexibilities.

That’s a very strong case to make for more workplace flexibility, not less — at least in my humble opinion.

Thanks again, Henry for weighing in on this important topic.