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On-Demand Anywhere Offices: Video

Let’s face it. Sometimes you need a real office. Sure, your phone can tell you where the free WIFI is, but coffee shops and office lobbies aren’t the best places to hold meetings or do concentrative work. That’s where LiquidSpace comes in. Just need an office for an hour? A conference room for a day? A place to concentrate on getting that proposal done, right...

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OMB Guidelines for Telework Security Released

OMB Guidelines for Telework Security Released

Only July 15th released OMB Telework Security Guidelines Federal agencies are to use when implementing the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-292) that was signed into law last December. The memo says: Telework provides multiple benefits for the Federal government, including resource savings, improved sustainability, employee recruitment and retention, as well as supporting the continuity of operations. With the passage of the Act, more Federal...

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Survey says fewer teleworkers since 2003, but …

Survey says fewer teleworkers since 2003, but …

WorldatWork began measuring telework in 2003, and this year found that the total number of people who worked from home or another remote location for an entire day at least once a month has declined. However, while the total number of teleworkers decreased, the percentage of people who telework more often than once per month increased. In 2010, 84% of teleworkers did so one day...

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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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Kate Talks Flexwork for Watermark at Citrix

Rainy Sunset at Citirx, a photo by TailspinT on Flickr. A group of exceptional women, most of them Silicon Valley executives, get together once a month. A few days ago Kate spoke and moderated a panel discussion on flexwork. Two interesting points came out of the discussion: 1) a consensus emerged that simply making flex options available can go a long way to toward improving...

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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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FTC, DOJ Crackdown on Home Business Scams

More than 90 enforcement actions, including 48 criminal actions, were announced today by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) against scammers offering bogus “be your own boss” job and business opportunities. Finally! State law enforcement agencies in Alaska, California, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Montana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, and the District of Columbia were involved in the actions. David C....

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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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Connected Britain

Connected Britain

Boy, I wish I’d written this, but I didn’t. UK futurist James Bellini did, as an introduction to a whitepaper sponsored by Orange. Our world is being transformed by major convergent trends – tipping points in technology, demographics, individual aspirations and behaviour – that are re-shaping the way we live, work and socialise. In this “connected” future our industrial-age heritage of fixed hours and fixed-place...

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