A few years ago, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services began a complete overhaul of their on-premise computing systems. After considering the various options, the agency decided to forgo desktops altogether and invest in a more expensive solution using laptop computers.

According to a recent article on Government Computing News, the CMS agency quickly made up the added cost when a blustery winter forced workers to stay home for an extended period of time. Despite the inability to access the office, employees were able to use the new laptops to work from home. The productivity gained by not losing workers over that time easily paid for the expense of the laptops.

While many companies are experiencing resistance to telework procedures, mostly at the managerial level, employees have made it clear that they can be more productive, less stressed and happier in general when allowed to work from mobile devices.

Most of the resistance to deploying a mobile workforce has to do with security concerns. Tom Quillin, director of security initiatives and technology at Intel’s architecture group, told the news source virtualization and cloud computing technologies can provide the necessary layers of security to support mobile employees.

A recent study by Cisco found that approximately 60 percent of workers internationally think they could be as productive working from home as they can in the office. Most of the respondents to the poll said the flexibility that comes with mobile working allows them to manage their priorities, improving their overall standard of living.