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Published on June 23rd, 2016 | by simonhopes

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Telecommuters: One Online Collaboration Tool to Rule Them All

It’s 6.40 in the morning, it’s dark, cold and your whole body wants nothing more than to turn over and go back to sleep. Forcing yourself to roll out of the blankets to get ready for work is hard, especially as your partner happily snoozes on the other side of the bed (because she works from home using online collaboration tools).

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Morning routine kicks in automatically, which is good since your brain works just as well as a zombie’s. Hopping on the bus to be transported to your workplace, the same as the vast majority of office workers, is a chore. Grey, dreary clouds can be seen as the first light starts to illuminate your surroundings, it’s going to rain later – you tiringly reflect.

After 55 minutes you arrive at work, no less tired than before, and you desperately need some caffeine to start with today’s tasks.

This is a reality for a scarily large amount of people.

The good news is that there is a solution that can help alleviate this sad existence: telecommuting. Or as it’s more commonly referred to: working from home.

There have been numerous studies showing that telecommuting increases wellbeing and productivity, as long as the company you work for can handle it. Unfortunately, many companies focus more on attendance than performance, where as long as you are at your desk you are considered to be productive. This is obviously not true, as there is no guarantee that you are at the top of your game only because you are physically there.

On the contrary, many people have a hard time dealing with the numerous interruptions that occur at the workplace. Chatty colleagues, long meetings, bad air/temperature and bosses looking over your shoulder are all problems that needs to be dealt with when working at your desk.

The benefits of working remotely are many, not only are the above distractions mostly eliminated, there is also time saved by not having to commute. More sleep, more time spent with family and pets, more breaks, and the ability to have a higher control over your own work leads to higher efficiency, less stress and a better quality of life.

However, don’t think it’s going to be a walk in park to convince management that you would do a better job from home. It DOES require some investment from the company before you are as (or more) efficient at home. Online collaboration tools are needed to seamlessly tie together remote workers with office staff while cloud storage of documents and great communication tools will pave the way to successfully execute telecommuting.

Start small, push the idea of working from home 1-2 days a week. Once it’s proven that it works, push for more days and before you know it fulltime telecommuting will be possible.

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