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Japan turns to telework to improve work-life balance
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Japan turns to telework to improve work-life balance

More and more Japanese companies are rising to the call of prime minister Shinzo Abe to fix Japan's moribund economy by giving employees the flexibility to work remotely. The practice is known as "telework," or terewaku, in Japan, and it's slowly gaining traction in a country where corporate norms such as putting in face time i

Source: qz.com

Here's a interesting read about the push for more workplace flexibility in Japan that's actually being led by the prime minister. The challenges they mention are a flashback to decades past in the US and other countries. But their strong culture of facetime may be a unique change management issue.


Telecommuting up 115% says new report – Demographic data offers some surprises
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Telecommuting up 115% says new report – Demographic data offers some surprises

The 2017 State of Telecommuting in the U.S. Report was released today by Global Workplace Analytics and FlexJobs.

Source: globalworkplaceanalytics.com

The report covers trends in the telecommuting workforce over the last ten years including:

 
• Demographics of the average telecommuter (age, gender, education, salary)
• Telecommuting by industry, occupation, and sector
• Telecommuting by metro area (prevalence and growth)
• Actual and potential economic and environmental impact of telecommuting


IBM’s recall of remote workers sounds like a death rattle. Say “goodbye” to the best and brightest.
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IBM’s recall of remote workers sounds like a death rattle. Say “goodbye” to the best and brightest.

“Everyone I know is very upset,” says one employee, who like most interviewed asked to remain anonymous while discussing an employer. Some workers furiously began looking for new jobs. Others say they have stopped contributing to long-term projects because they aren’t sure whether they’ll be around in the future. "

Source: qz.com

They can say "goodbye" to the best and brightest talent. Iike Yahoo and Best Buy, IBM is in deep trouble. Somehow that seems to create a "circle the wagons" reaction.

 

But the connection between co-location and collaboration or innovation has NOT been proven. Many of the studies often cited in these arguments date back to the early 1990s when working at a distance was much more difficult. 

 

What has been proven is that: 1) open offices are distracting and counterproductive. They are a particular nightmare for introverts who make up over 40% of employees; and 2) workplace flexibility is key to attracting and retaining talent.


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