Dell’s goal of 50,000 employees telecommuting by 2020 driven by real estate savings and sustainability
"Whether you call it telecommuting, remote work, mobile work or distributed work, these flexible-work arrangements are here to stay, ...says Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics, a San Diego-based consulting firm that specializes in flexible-workplace strategies."
Already 20k Dell employees work at home and average of about 10 days a month. Their program dates back to 2009 when they discovered their office space was grossly underutilized.
35k Fujitsu employees will be offered unlimited telework after successful trial shows increased productivity
TOKYO -- Fujitsu announced unlimited telework will be available to all 35k permanent employees.
The article indicates this is the largest Japanese telework initiative yet but others including Microsoft Japan and snack manufacturer, Calbee have expanded their programs too.
In part a response to government's focus on better work-life balance for its citizens, Fujitsu also hopes to demonstrate how their own technology can support a remote workforce.
Gallup finds huge shift in employee engagement among remote employees. Highest now among those who do so 60-80% of the time, up from 20% of the time just last year.
All employees who spend at least some (but not all) of their time working remotely have higher engagement than those who
don’t ever work remotely. And the tipping point for optimal engagement has
increased dramatically — from less than 20% of time to 60% to 80% of time
The report also found those who work remotely 2-3 days a week feel substantially more productive than those who are office-bound or are who work remotely less frequently.
"While the official U.S. unemployment rate has declined since the start of the recession in late 2007, the total share of adults who are not employed has risen in recent years. This survey examines the views and experiences of this broad group of prime-age workers who are not employed, including ...what it would take to get them working...".
With employers wringing their collective hands about talent and labor shortages, why aren't more hearing the message: the key is flexibility.
"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."
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.
Plenty of surveys show how much employees want the option to work from home at least part of the week. Yet not all managers are on board. Here's why ... and why they should rethink their concerns, say flexible workplace experts.
Companies like Dell, Aetna, SAP and many others are adopting remote work in a big way and they're reaping the benefits. It's not about telecommuting, or mobile work, or whatever you want to call it, it's just the way employees of leading companies are working.
Among many highlights, one special interactive session will feature leaders in remote work helping to guide the implementation, ROI tracking, support, and optimization of remote work programs at attendee’s respective organizations.
Speakers include flexible and remote work experts from Dell, Wordpress, SAP, US DOL, the World Economic Forum, ADP, PWC, Xerox, American Express, Anthem, WorldatWork, Clorox, FlexJobs and many more. I'm delighted to be one of them. June 8 to June 10. Reserve you seat now! @Remote.co
The range of workplace changes brought on by the new overtime rule will be broad, including the possible demise of telecommuting at affected companies.
Talk about the tail wagging the dog. Are we really going to let overtime rules define workplace strategy? Workplace flexibility is one of the most sought-after employee "benefits." It's critical to reducing work-life conflict and employee stress. For employers, it has been proven (over and over) to increase productivity, enhance attraction and retention, reduce real estate costs, improve disaster preparedness, and much more.
This is the 21st century. We're not going back to the 9-5 (or 6, 7, 8), sit-at-a-desk-all-day routine. Employers who let administrative burden dictate workplace strategy will do so at their detriment.
And by the way, DOL regulations aren't the only problem. The IRS, state tax rules, workers comp laws and others need to wake up to the fact that work is a verb, not a noun.
Workshifting: The Business Case – our latest white paper written for Shaw Business and WorkShiftCanada
"Thanks to technology, people are no longer tethered to a “place of work.” They can communicate, collaborate and connect from wherever they are and that changes everything."
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