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John Dvorak to IBM: Telecommuters Are Not Slackers

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.

 


Workplace civility spiraling down and with it goes productivity, trust, and loyalty. Here’s what to do about it.

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.

Source: www.mckinsey.com

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. 


Home and Home Office Design Trends

Home and Home Office Design Trends

Housing styles emerge slowly and typically appeal first to cutting-edge architects, builders, and interior designers. As a trend spreads and gains wider interest, it may go mainstream, become almost ubiquitous, and eventually lose its star power.

Source: realtormag.realtor.org

The same technology that has made us more mobile, may reduce the need for dedicated home office space.


New study show employees perform significantly better in healthy buildings

New study show employees perform significantly better in healthy buildings

According to a recent study, “The Impact of Green Buildings On Cognitive Function”, certified green buildings improve human health and cognitive abilities compared with similar buildings that are not certified.

Source: sourceable.net

Though the study size was small (only 109 subjects), it's good to see some rigor around measuring the results of healthy buildings. 

 

 


Do you pay your employees for their travel time to work? Europe’s highest course says you must.

Do you pay your employees for their travel time to work? Europe’s highest course says you must.

Europe's highest court has ruled that for employees who do not have a fixed place of work the "time taken to travel to and from work at the beginning and end of each day should count as working time."

Source: www.indy100.com

The same kinds of conversations are taking place in the U.S. Unfortunately, policies have not kept up with the changing ways we work.


American spend $272 billion worth of vacation time working

American spend $272 billion worth of vacation time working

American workers collectively leave $272 billion worth of vacation time on the table, according to a new study, and it's a drag on worker productivity.

Source: www.nbcnews.com

It really is true about, all work and no play... when will employers wake up to the fact that they have to make it not only okay, but critical that their people take time off.


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