One of the many ways that companies are employing to reduce costs is to have more of their workers work from a virtual office. With the exception of sales people, this entails allowing the employee to work from a home office, connected to the company through the Internet.
Before the advent of virtual private networks, corporations were very limited in what they could have employees do from a home office location. Essentially, it has made working from home a viable option for many businesses who couldn’t even consider it before. The added flexibility of allowing employees to work from home has increased their options and workforce.
Employees accessing a company’s computer from their home offices have the same work capability as employees working on site. Additionally, the privacy of working from a home office actually increases the work efficiency of most employees. The distractions of workmates, meetings, the company newsletter, workplace gossip and breaks is essentially eliminated; allowing employees to concentrate on their work.
With modern communications, specifically e-mail and cellular phones, remote employees can maintain contact with their bosses, co-workers and others that they may need to communicate with as part of their jobs. Once again, this is able to be accomplished without the normal distractions that happen in the workplace.
Since a virtual private network allows connection with the company’s mainframe, employees working from remote locations, such as their homes, have full access to the company’s information and are able to perform any task requiring computer access. Beforehand, remote employees were limited in both their access to information and their input into the system.
These remote employees can work anywhere, with instant access to the company. Should an employee move or leave town, it is not necessary to wait for the phone company to provide new dedicated lines; the employee needs only to access the system, just as they did from their old location.