There isn’t much to complain about when you live in the Okanagan of British Columbia.
Winter is shorter and milder than just about anywhere else in Canada.
Just about everywhere you go, there’s a view of the lake.
And there’s a winery. Or four. Or five. Heck, I counted six in my neighbourhood on my run yesterday morning.
But I will whine a bit about the commute. On the days I have to go into my other job’s office, the rush hour trek over the William R. Bennett Bridge is a headache.
Sometimes, it makes me yearn for the Deerfoot in Calgary. Or even the 401 in Toronto.
And then there’s the recent jump in gas prices.
In some areas of the city, you can still gas up for $1.28. But you have to hurry. Everywhere else is digging you for $1.39 a litre. I heard on the radio we could be looking at $1.50/litre by summer.
The benefits of telecommuting go both ways
Run, don’t walk into your manager’s office and beg him to let you telecommute.
No, of course that isn’t the right approach. I’m being melodramatic.
You have to be reasoned and ensure you:
✓ Have a job description that allows you to work remotely
✓ Demonstrate you are productive as an independent worker
✓ Have a consistent track record of giving quality work on time
✓ Provide evidence of the cost-savings to your company
See that last item? This could be the head-turner for your management and executive if they don’t already know.
You can save on:
✓ Gas consumption
✓ Insurance premiums
✓ Maintenance costs with less wear on your vehicle
✓ Time spent on the commute
✓ Coffee — made at home with no tempting Starbucks drive-thru on the way to work
And the company gets to save on:
✓ Office space
✓ Janitorial services and building maintenance
✓ Utilities, such as electricity, heat and internet
✓ Office furniture, supplies and stationery
A 2011 WorkShift study shows Canadian companies could save $53 billion a year if the 4.3 million Canadians who could work from home did so, even on a part-time basis.
ATB Financial realized last summer how much less office space it needed in Calgary when employees were forced to work from home during the floods.
The Canadian company is saving millions in real estate now that some employees work in the office only once a week.
Add to that you’re more likely to be happier with your work and less likely to take sick days when you work at home. How can management say no?
Are the rising gas prices making your commute less cost-effective? Does it inspire you to talk to the boss about working from home more frequently?