Tim Harford, author of Adapt - Why Success Always Starts With Failure, wrote this post about a telecommuting study by Stanford economists and the Chinese travel company, CTrip.
CTrip randomly chose part of its call center workforce and allowed them to work from home for 9 months. The Stanford economists helped design the trial amd monitor the results. Here's what they found.
The home workers worked more minutes, took fewer sick days, took more calls per hour, reported better job satisfaction and were less likely to quit.
Extension work is not the same as call center work, but it is clear to me we need to change our attitude toward work, especially for reginal and county educators. In North Dakota, Extension specialists enjoy quite a bit of flexibility in their work, but many at the county level work late into the evenings but are still expected to keep the 8 to 5 office hours expected of county government workers.
How can we begin to change Extension work to attract and retain quality educators?