25201 Chagrin Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44122 USA
Attn.: Ms. Rhonda C. Hall, Partner and Head of Auditing
Dear Ms. Hall:
Would you want Ciuni & Panichi to increase profits through decreasing absenteeism and tardiness? I have a viable proposal to make. As a junior accountant, I believe that part of my responsibility is to accomplish assigned tasks within scheduled time frames. With the increasing congestion on the road due to increased number of vehicles plying similar routes towards commercial districts in Cleveland, some personnel find it challenging, and time consuming to travel daily to the work setting. As such, I propose an evaluation of the application of flexible work and telecommuting.
The problem of absenteeism and tardiness in the organization could be traced to an increasingly congested traffic situation converging at the Cleveland, Ohio thoroughfares. A sure solution which would prevent the incidences of absenteeism and tardiness is the application of flexible work schedules made possible through telecommuting. Absenteeism and tardiness is costly in terms of repercussive backlogs in work load and decreasing the level of productivity of workers. Likewise, the organization is observed to shoulder medical-related costs due to health concerns from work related incidents.
I hereby propose that our organization should encourage telecommuting, as part of the flexible work programs earmarked to increase performance and productivity in the word setting . Through telecommuting, fewer cars need to ply the same route enabling decongestion on the road. Likewise, more personnel could devote time, traditionally spent to travel, towards complying with the basic responsibilities expected of their positions. Further, the employees would not have to be exposed to stressors of travelling and struggling to meet urgent deadlines, when time spent working at home would be more convenient, comfortable, and less stressful. They would also save gas, meal expenses, and expenditure for clothing.
In sum, the organization would gain substantial savings in terms of a lesser rate of absenteeism, late arrival, and shouldering of health care costs. As emphasized, “reducing commuting costs is like receiving a pay raise, avoiding real estate expense has prevented many layoffs, and teleworking provides jobs equally without deference to geography” (Telework Coalition, 2011, par. 6). A fixed schedule to report to the office could be set with the personnel and management, according to urgent organizational needs and demands. A lot of organizations have already encouraged flexible work schedules and telecommuniting. These organizations have projected positive corporate images through ideals of social responsibility. In this regard, Ciuni & Panichi should seriously consider integrating telecommuting in the work setting to avail of the benefits and serve the best interests of the employees, as well as the organization, as a whole.
1 Million for Work Flexibility. (2014). Home. Retrieved from workflexibility.org: http://www.workflexibility.org/
Telework Coalition. (2011). Home. Retrieved from telcoa.org: http://www.telcoa.org/