Next week is “National Work from Home Week”. So, whether you’re actually working from home, at your nearest Starbucks, or on the beach somewhere you’ll likely find numerous articles, tweets and posts dedicated to working from home. Today’s Friday Five explores five poignant reasons why RingCentral is excited about next week.

1) Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

The BYOD movement has been gaining momentum. As organizations begin to realize the many benefits of BYOD, they are moving to embrace the concept. Working from home is easier and more impactful when businesses adopt BYOD, create functional policies and provide training to ensure employees can get the most out of their personal devices.

Here are some companies who’ve successfully implemented BYOD programs:

  • Kimberly-Clark
  • Ingram Micro
  • Cisco
  • HP
  • Apple

2) Apps

Apps are largely responsible for the rise in remote work’s popularity. They allow workforces of any size to collaborate, create and communicate seamlessly.

Gone are the days when the workforce was tied to a desk between the hours of 9 and 5. This means people are free to work when they feel most motivated and productive. When traveling, drinking that first cup of coffee or even home sick, people can stay connected and keep their projects running at full speed.

In fact, many people are more productive from the comfort of their own home. So long as you have the right technology and access to the best tools, working from can be highly effective.

3) Phone

RingCentral believes that phones of all kinds are the key to a successful business. Your office phone has long been an essential tool. Now, with the influx of smartphones, the phone has again taken center stage.

From making and receiving calls to sending faxes and texts to accessing websites, the phone provides important access to information, clients and customers. Plus, with a smartphone in your pocket, you don’t need to be sitting behind a desk to gain access to these things.

4) Productivity

Some organizations worry that productivity will diminish if they implement a work-from-home policy. However, research shows that productivity rises when employees are permitted to work from home. Remote working can save companies money, reduce their environmental footprint and significantly increase productivity (by up to 40 percent).

Here are some fascinating statistics regarding remote working and productivity:

  • 60 percent more time spent working, compared to desk-bound employees
  • Higher productivity resulting from fewer distractions – to the yearly tune of $60 billion
  • $10,000 in real estate savings for each employee who works from home
  • Less outlay on utilities, parking, janitorial services, drinking facilities, security and maintenance

5) Policies

If your considering the adoption of work-from-home programs, it’s imperative that you create a clear and useful policy. It should provide clear guidelines for employees taking advantage of the program. What devices should they use, which apps, how do they maintain their hours, etc.

Does your organization embrace work from home? If not, maybe you should start!