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For Workers, Less Flexible Companies

For Workers, Less Flexible Companies | Telework | Scoop.it

"While more employers say they are offering flexible work arrangements — like working from home, starting and ending the days a bit earlier or later — they are still typically offered only to certain employees, and are often informally negotiated with a sympathetic manager, workplace experts say."

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What does your flex work  strategy say about your company's relationship with its employees? Some companies offer flex work as an option to ensure the productivity and well-being of their workforce, while others use it to cut corners and reduce employee benefits like child leave. It's important to remember that flex work is just one part of the attraction and retention package. 

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How To Make Working From Home More Productive - Fast Company

How To Make Working From Home More Productive - Fast Company | Telework | Scoop.it

Working from home has its challenges. Five home office professionals share their secrets on making it work.

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One suggested step in this article is "Create a Commute". We all need time to ease into the work day, whether it is through an actual commute, or a work-at-home equivalent. The good news about the work-at-home equivalent is that you have more control about what you get done.


This article gives a good example of a work-at-home commute: 

"Steve Cappoccia, account director at Warner Communications says he creates his own version of a commute by setting aside time at the beginning of the day to create a list of priorities for the day, update social media pages, and browse emails to allow for the smooth transition into work mode."



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Opinion: Telecommuters Cannot Replace the Traditional Workforce | HRTalentManagement

Opinion: Telecommuters Cannot Replace the Traditional Workforce | HRTalentManagement | Telework | Scoop.it
Back in January, Forbes contributor and CEO of TalentCulture Consulting Group Meghan M. Biro made a not-so-bold prediction: telecommuting is the future of work. Research statistics seem to back-up Biro’s belief: according to the
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It is important that organizations do not see telecommuting as the  only future work setting. Organizations vary in what they need in a work arrangement. The future will be flexible work, of which telecommuting is just one option. For example, organizations offering condensed work weeks still require workers to work in-office, they just have the option to work longer hours on fewer days. Other companies are considering using temporary telecommuting as a way to help mothers transition back into work and the office after maternity leave.

 

HP and Yahoo brought their telecommuters back into the office, but that doesn't mean that flexible work is detrimental to all companies.

 

We advise our clients to think about the kind of work they do, how their employees work, and what they need in order to be productive.  By planning and clearly understanding these three things, organizations won't be stuck in situations like HP and Yahoo. They will know which members of the workforce can and should work flexibly. They will also know how to implement and support an ongoing program.

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9 Things Successful People Do When Working From Home

9 Things Successful People Do When Working From Home | Telework | Scoop.it
Working from home can be fantastic, or it can be fraught with peril. Here's how to make it work better for you.
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Let's add #10: Own your remote job. Too often remote workers apologize and it is far from necessary. Successful remote workers take their work seriously and become experts in allocating resources- especially time! Workers that invest and allocate resources wisely are a great asset to any company, regardless of location. 


For example: An hour-long morning commute could become 15 minutes spent mapping out the day's work plan and 45 minutes of heads-down thinking work without the distraction of 8:00 AM emails from co-workers. Nobody loses!

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Why Telecommuting Really Matters, in 6 Charts

Why Telecommuting Really Matters, in 6 Charts | Telework | Scoop.it
And what its rise means for urban transportation systems moving forward.
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Telecommuting is not just a cost save for companies, it can also be a cost save for taxpayers and the community in the long run. With fewer people on the road during peak hours, we could see a decrease in expensive transportation levies and infrastructure requirements.


How could the benefits of telecommuting further Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives in your organization?



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18 ways to ensure your remote workforce doesn't end up like Yahoo's

18 ways to ensure your remote workforce doesn't end up like Yahoo's | Telework | Scoop.it
In the aftermath of Marissa Mayer's decision to require Yahoo employees to work only in the office, we saw how telework programs can go badly awry. Here's how you can make sure that yours doesn't.
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Yahoo is a great example of why you shouldn't leave a telework program on auto-pilot. Here are some tips for setting up a program.

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Free Range Office - Telecommuters Un-Tethered as Coworking is Embraced

Free Range Office - Telecommuters Un-Tethered as Coworking is Embraced | Telework | Scoop.it

""Companies are un-tethering their employees now," Jackson said of telecommuters. Other new members are a few developers from a start-up company that makes apps.

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We are seeing more & more organizations not only embrace telework, but also third place locations, such as co-working venues, as a way to alleviate a congested office or to enable their workforce to work more efficiently.


Working out of the office, especially in a public location, creates privacy risks, which companies often overlook.  What policies do you have in place for employees working in a public location? Who will train your workforce on best practices in avoiding costly privacy violations? What's your gameplan in the event of a breach?


What other concerns can you think of?

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Dell Wants Half of Employees Working Remotely By 2020 - eWeek

Dell Wants Half of Employees Working Remotely By 2020 - eWeek | Telework | Scoop.it

Dell Wants Half of Employees Working Remotely By 2020
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Dell already offers flexible work schedules through its Connected Workplace program, through which 20 percent of employees telecommute, work remotely or have variable work times.

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This echoes the sentiments we've seen from many of our clients: more and more organizations are embracing telework as a key component of their workplace strategy. 


Yahoo is the exception, not the rule with this trend.

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Telework Week Saved Feds 14 Million Miles, $13 Million

Telework Week Saved Feds 14 Million Miles, $13 Million | Telework | Scoop.it
The stats are in for the annual telework event.
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The stats for Telework Week are incredible:

"Nearly all (94 percent) pledges came from the federal government, enabling federal employees to save a collective $13 million in commuting costs, avoid 14 million miles of travel and gain back more than 716,000 hours."


We recommend that clients pilot a telecommuting program before they commit to a long-term program. Every business is different and flexible work arrangements should reflect that. Setting aside a week to test remote operations can also help test business continuity before the next winter storm or other natural hazard.

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Teleworking: Increase productivity and communication - Restaurant & Catering Magazine

Teleworking: Increase productivity and communication - Restaurant & Catering Magazine | Telework | Scoop.it


Instead of driving or flying to visit one of his seven Outback Steakhouse outlets in New South Wales and Queensland, operating partner Mike Palmer simply takes out his laptop and logs onto Skype.

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We are excited to see that the restaurant management industry is picking up some telework habits. Restaurant managers can travel less and communicate just as much, or more, using Skype or other video chatting technology. In addition, having a system that supports virtual meetings means that hourly employees don't have to be in the restaurant for meetings that fall outside of their scheduled hours. This is a huge step that saves on travel costs and adds to the work-life balance of employees and managers alike.


When we think of telework, we often envision people in office jobs. We are seeing that this is not the case. Can you think of other industries that would benefit from telework?

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Making telework more widespread in government - Washington Post (blog)

Making telework more widespread in government - Washington Post (blog) | Telework | Scoop.it
Washington Post (blog) Making telework more widespread in government Washington Post (blog) Telework is slowly gaining a foothold in the federal government, but changing the attitudes of managers and supervisors who want to see their employees...
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More bad weather headed your way? Take a tip from the government. Sound strange? Take a look at this: At the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where 73 percent of the 11,000 employees telework between one and five days a week, it was business as usual during recent weather-related closings.


The government has become one of the biggest proponents for telework recently and we are not surprised. From their trial period during "Telework Week" to having 73% of an office formally telecommuting, they are making sure to introduce telecommuting to their employees- and effectively.


We remind our clients that they should not see or treat telecommuting as an immediate cost-saving measure. Building an effective, long-term program is an investment. Training, communication, support, technology, and protocols come together to make a telecommuting program successful in the long run. The best advice? Don't cut corners!

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Atlanta companies embrace teleworking as storm approaches

Atlanta companies embrace teleworking as storm approaches | Telework | Scoop.it
Atlanta companies embrace teleworking as winter storm approaches
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Over 2000 cars were abandoned during Atlanta's "stormy" commute last month. This week, Atlanta businesses are preparing for impending winter weather by implementing formal and informal telework policies.


An organization with telework policies won't miss a beat during unexpected weather events and can keep employees safe.

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This helps to ensure that companies can continue to be productive

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Managing a Millennial Workforce in an Era of Connected Things | Innovation Insights | Wired.com

Managing a Millennial Workforce in an Era of Connected Things | Innovation Insights | Wired.com | Telework | Scoop.it
Image: ajleon/Flickr The future is upon us: the millennial generation.
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Leveraging mobile technology: BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

Technology allows us to make almost any place into a workplace. What winning combination(s) of technology and place lead to productive work for you?

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My First Month of Remote Work - Tomas Varaneckas

My First Month of Remote Work - Tomas Varaneckas | Telework | Scoop.it
2014-01-11. It has been over a month since I started working remotely. After having to physically go to work for the past 10 years or so, it was something unthinkable. I've set up a home office in a tiny room with no windows, and so far it beats ...
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Remote workers often find out, like Tomas, that with a proper setup it's easier to focus on the tasks at hand.  Being able to perform a higher quality of work is one of the greatest benefits of teleworking.


The storyline here, though, echoes the sentiment we hear from many of our clients' end users--it's hard to make a clean break from work time to personal time.  One of the things we make a point of focusing on during training sessions with a client organization is that it's important to get in a routine and to take breaks. 


While telework is usually exciting for employees at first, many easily grow to resent what feels like an increased, endless workload.  It's important that your corporate culture allows for work & life, especially for employees in a remote environment.

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5 Successful Examples of “Distributed Workforce” Companies | Staff.com Blog

5 Successful Examples of “Distributed Workforce” Companies | Staff.com Blog | Telework | Scoop.it
There are both challenges and benefits to having a workforce distributed over a wide geographical area.
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One of the biggest challenges we see many of our clients face in decentralizing the workforce/embracing telecommuting, is the need for managers to lead in new ways. Shifting from a line of sight management style to managing by results is a huge adjustment for most people.


All 5 of these are smaller organizations, which gives underperformers fewers places to hide, unlike at a big company where the success of some can more easily mask organizational issues.  If you're responsible for the workplace of a more established company that is looking to change how work gets done, have you thought about what you'll need to do to prepare your managers for this shift?


What other concerns do you have?

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Confessions of a Remote Worker: Part Two - Business Management Daily

Confessions of a Remote Worker: Part Two
Business Management Daily
Working remotely is full of positives, and a few negatives—as I outlined in my last blog post Confessions of a Remote Worker: Part One.
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It's always important for remote workers to keep a line of communication open with their managers.  Sometimes you have to go the extra mile to stay visible!

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