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2017 Gallup survey shows more than half of employees are willing to walk for workplace flexibility and privacy
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2017 Gallup survey shows more than half of employees are willing to walk for workplace flexibility and privacy

"More than half of office workers (54%) say they would leave their job for one that offers flexible work time.

 

Roughly four in 10 would do the same for privacy or a personal workspace or office.

 

One-third would change jobs for a door they can shut or a work environment that has a comfortable temperature."

Source: www.gallup.com

Come on employers! Your people are voting with their feet. If you want to hire and retain the best people, give them what they want and need. 


Would you be comfortable if your employer tracked how long it’s been since you spoke to a co-worker?
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Would you be comfortable if your employer tracked how long it’s been since you spoke to a co-worker?

Some estimates say up to 15 percent of Fortune 500 companies now use sensors of some sort.

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

I'm not going to answer my own question here, but I do wonder who gets to make the decisions about what's okay and what isn't. My read, based on all I've read, is that there is no "governing body" looking at this? Who should it be?


Gallup finds huge shift in employee engagement among remote employees. Highest now among those who do so 60-80% of the time, up from 20% of the time just last year. 
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Gallup finds huge shift in employee engagement among remote employees. Highest now among those who do so 60-80% of the time, up from 20% of the time just last year. 

All employees who spend at least some (but not all) of their time working remotely have higher engagement than those who

don’t ever work remotely. And the tipping point for optimal engagement has

increased dramatically — from less than 20% of time to 60% to 80% of time

working remotely.

Source: www.gallup.com

The report also found those who work remotely 2-3 days a week feel substantially more productive than those who are office-bound or are who work remotely less frequently. 


Three quarters of stay-at-home parents say flexibility would allow them to continue to work 
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Three quarters of stay-at-home parents say flexibility would allow them to continue to work 

"While the official U.S. unemployment rate has declined since the start of the recession in late 2007, the total share of adults who are not employed has risen in recent years. This survey examines the views and experiences of this broad group of prime-age workers who are not employed, including ...what it would take to get them working...".

Source: kff.org

With employers wringing their collective hands about talent and labor shortages, why aren't more hearing the message: the key is flexibility.


John Dvorak to IBM: Telecommuters Are Not Slackers
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John Dvorak to IBM: Telecommuters Are Not Slackers

"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."

Source: www.pcmag.com

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.

 


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