Here at Business Hacks, we're big fans of telecommuting policies. Study after study shows that telework improves morale and productivity while simultaneously saving money. Now there's a new advantage to telework: It might make employees more honest and ethical.
The Ethisphere Institute is a think tank "dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability." And Ethisphere has recently concluded that open workspaces and telecommuting can measurably reduce ethics violations among employees in the workplace.
Here's what happened: Ethisphere surveyed more than 200 companies and assessed the behavior of employees in various work environments. Here are some of the results:
- Among regular telecommuters, 11% of companies reported ethics violations in the last year
- In contrast, the rate of ethics violations was 36% among employees with offices.
So while I am not convinced by the study, it's certainly another consideration when planning a telecommuting program. And after all, telework is great for the company budget, for productivity, and some say it's even more green. What's not to love? [via WebWorkerDaily]
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