"It seems these decisions (recalling telecommuters) are all about optics, though; make it look like the office is full and bustling. To these CEOs, it's freaky to have remote workers who cannot join endless, spur-of-the-moment meetings."
Sharon Wall (GSA Regional Administrator) has a line I love, "Telework doesn't create management problems, it reveals them."
In this global, mobile society, whether people are 9 floors, 9 miles, or 9 time zones away, they are connecting remotely. The days of managing by walking around are gone forever because, like Elvis, the people have already left the building.
Let's stop calling it telework or telecommuting and deal with the reality that people are working anywhere, everywhere, and at all times. Resisting it is useless. The genie is not going back in the bottle. What employers should be doing (the good ones already are) is putting the policies, practices, and training in place to optimize the results for people, planet, and profits.
Workplace civility spiraling down and with it goes productivity, trust, and loyalty. Here’s what to do about it.
Research shows that hurtful workplace behavior can depress performance, increase employee turnover, and even mar customer relationships.
A full 62% of employees say they've been treated rudely at work (up 27% since 1998). Three quarters of victims say the incident reduced their commitment to the organization. A quarter admit to taking their frustration out on customers.
Want great performance from knowledge workers? Asking them to do their best is the biggest motivator.
"If you want to motivate employees, stop following your instincts and adopt a data-driven approach."
The advice here isn't new, but given that 85% of Fortune 1000 companies surveyed admit employee motivation drops sharply after 6 months on the job, it's worth revisiting what science knows about the best way to manage people.
Some workers are putting in hundreds of hours of overtime, leading to heart attacks and suicides. So the government is finally taking action.
And we (Americans) think we have it bad: Japan even has a word for working to death... http://sco.lt/...
Remote workers belly up to their home webcams to join the, err, fun and games at corporate holiday bashes; desk-dancing to Wham!
With people working everywhere and anywhere, it's more important than ever to find ways to bring them together, even if it has to be virtual.