We just came across an interesting article by Rieva Lesonsky, the CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media company that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. The article talks about how small businesses can benefit from promoting remote work or having their employees work from home. Lesonsky references a survey conducted by 7th Sense Research that found that “60 % of employees said they could do their jobs remotely, and 72% prefer to work at home.” However, the survey also showed that 73% of companies surveyed didn’t have a formal policy for remote work.
In March of 2010, the White House hosted a forum on Workplace Flexibility and released a report by the President’s Council of Economic Advisers that highlighted benefits of remote work including “reducing absenteeism, lowering turnover, improving the health of workers, and increasing productivity.”
The benefits of implementing remote work policies include:
* Reduction of over-head expenses
* Increase in employee productivity
* Reduction of employee turnover
But, how about remote internships? Can it work? More and more we see position descriptions on our Internship Board that describe internship programs where the intern has the opportunity to do a certain number of hours of remote work per week or to only do remote work. This can be extremely beneficial not only to the employer but also for the intern because there’s no transportation cost and it gives the interns a chance to show maturity and responsibility by completing their tasks even if they are not under direct supervision.
The Regional internship Center has worked with hundreds of employers and internship seekers to promote the best internship programs for our region. We understand how important flexibility is for both employers and interns. Employers are aware that their interns have classes to attend and papers to turn in in addition to the work they do for their internship programs.
In return, interns are aware that, by doing an internship program, you are part of a team and it’s important to be conscious of their responsibilities within the organization. Once again, being flexible is part of the deal. For this reason we decided to bring up the remote work topic to the table and let you decide if this strategy could work for your organization.