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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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Senate Telwork Bill Passes

Senate Telwork Bill Passes

Since the year 2000 federal agencies have been required by law to telecommute to the maximum extent possible – a requirement that’s largely ignored, only about 5% of federal employees telecommute. Last night the Senate passed a bill that will require federal agencies to get busy and incorporate telework into their continuity of operations plans. GAO estimates that Washington snow days cost the government $71 million...

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WorldatWork Focus on Recognition

WorldatWork Focus on Recognition

In 1913 the Ford Motor Company had a problem. Their secret to success, the assembly line, was in trouble. Turnover among assembly line workers was 370% and 70% of new hires quit after 5 days. So Ford developed another innovation – a recognition and reward system. It’s hard to believe that employee recognition was an innovation, but it’s not too much of an exaggeration to...

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This is not what they mean by 'flex time'

Flex Hours Now A Right in UK

All parents with children 16 or younger now have the right to flexible hours in the UK. Companies face automatic penalties for paying below the national minimum wage under extended workers rights, too. In 2003 the UK government introduced flexible working hours for parents with children six years old or younger, or if the child had a disability up until the age of 18. This...

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Telecommuting Is Often Poorly Understood

Telecommuting Is Often Poorly Understood

Deb Perelman over at ZDnet posted a blog last week titled “What your boss hates about telecommuting.” She argues that Telecommuting is often poorly defined. Not every company, or job role or individual is cut out for remote work. There is no substitute for face-to-face interaction. Can’t argue with any of those points, in general. But she doesn’t seem to understand some of the fundamentals...

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Telecommuting Can Help Retention

Telecommuting Can Help Retention

Work/life balance and big corporations have seldom gone hand in hand. But an increasing number of companies are realizing that to compete in the global environment, they must have, you know, like, talent available. At the same time, some have recognized that the old-school mentality of expecting employees to work 16-hour days is no longer the smartest way to proceed. Ya think? Educated, professional women,...

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