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New Way of Working

New Way of Working

Yesterday we looked at an infographic that compared the way we worked 50 years ago and the way we work today. But a lot of people don’t realize that the way people work today really is different than it was even a few years ago. In fact, many companies haven’t caught on to the fact that their people are mobile. They’re on another floor, in...

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Scott McNealy On Telework

Scott McNealy, Founder and Former CEO of Sun Microsystems, gave the keynote address at the 2011 Work Anywhere Symposium in Sacramento. This video is the entire 57-minute keynote speech and includes some interesting history about Sun, advice for organizations and employees contemplating telework, and a few of his outspoken political views. All worth your time, we think.


$200 Million Broadband Map Available Free

$200 Million Broadband Map Available Free

Broadband access is a prerequisite for successful telework, but until recently it was tough to find out what service was available where. But the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has made The National Broadband map, which cost roughly $200 million to build, available online free. The map/application gives you access to census-level data from more than than 25 million records. It shows what types of broadband...

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Yet Another Record Setting Quarter At Elance

Yet Another Record Setting Quarter At Elance

Wow, time flies when you’re having fun. Yesterday’s post about Elance’s Q4 findings was old news, given that they announced their Q1 2011 results today. But the news is about more records: demand for freelancers grew 32%, with more than 135,000 jobs posted. And people who found work through Elance made 12% more than the previous quarter. And, they point out, while unemployment is still...

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Mr. President, Hello, Have You Heard Of Telework?

Mr. President, Hello, Have You Heard Of Telework?

We’re baffled why President Obama in a major speech today about reducing our dependence on oil imports didn’t mention telework. We know he’s a fan of the idea, because he said he was the Teleworker-In-Chief when talking about flexible work options. And he does work out of his house, the white one, after all. Half-time telework by those that could would save more energy than...

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Why Do People Telecommute?

Why Do People Telecommute?

Kate just found this in a study on telecommuting: Explaining the Propensity to Telecommute … We assume there is a linear expected utility a worker gets from telecommuting: (1) iiiiZXEUεγβ++= where Xi is a vector of household and individual characteristics and Zi is a vector of industry and job-related variables for person i. iε is identically and independently distributed as a standard normal with mean zero and variance one. The...

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Broadband Could Stimulate Home Business…But

Broadband Could Stimulate Home Business…But

“We can’t expect tomorrow’s economy to take root using yesterday’s infrastructure. To attract the best jobs and newest industries, we’ve got to out-innovate, out-educate, out-build, we’re going to have to out-hustle the rest of the world. That means investing in cutting-edge research and technology.” That’s what the President said about a week ago when he announced an $18.7 billon U.S. broadband spending program.   A...

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Telecommuting Hotspots

Telecommuting Hotspots

We’ve been diving into U.S. Census Bureau databases lately and have dredged up some interesting data about telecommuting hotspots. We looked at the numbers for people who considered home their primary place of work in 2009 American Community Survey. And we took out the self-employed or unpaid family workers and discovered that some unlikely places are hotbeds of telecommuting in terms of the percentage of the...

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Telework Week Offers Millions in Savings

Save Money and the Planet: Work at Home During Telework Week (February 14-18, 2011) One day participation could save U.S. over three-quarters of a billion dollars San Diego CA (USA), February 8, 2011 – According to the Telework Research Network, if the 41 million Americans with telework-compatible jobs worked from home just one day during National Telework Week (February 14-18), U.S. savings would total $772...

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