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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.

 


New Dell/Intel report shows employers are not keeping up with employee tech needs

New Dell/Intel report shows employers are not keeping up with employee tech needs

"Dell and Intel have teamed up to create their newest Future Workforce Study 2016 which reveals how people around the world feel about how technology is shaping the workplace. 

Source: futurereadyworkforce.dell.com

This report offers lots of great insights into how global employees feel about their technology, collaboration, facetime, augmented reality, virtual reality, remote work and more.


Should workplace flexibility be a strategy or a perk? Experts weigh in on the answer. #shrm

Should workplace flexibility be a strategy or a perk? Experts weigh in on the answer. #shrm

Organizations should stop looking at workplace flexibility—which includes telework—as a benefit, perk or accommodation, and instead start looking at it as a strategic way of attracting, retaining and engaging employees.

Source: www.shrm.org

This is not to say everyone should, could, or wants to work remotely. And it doesn't mean no one ever goes to an office. The critical issue is that employees crave a choice over where and when they work. And when they get what they want, they are more engaged, productive, loyal, and even healthy. If that's not an argument for flexibility as a strategic advantage, I don't know what is.


I’m speaking at the TRaD Works Forum in DC June 9- Check out the great lineup @remote.co

I’m speaking at the TRaD Works Forum in DC June 9- Check out the great lineup @remote.co

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.  

Source: trad.works

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


SHRM predicts new overtime rule will reduce telework. Don’t let it happen to you.

The range of workplace changes brought on by the new overtime rule will be broad, including the possible demise of telecommuting at affected companies.

Source: www.shrm.org

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.


Mobile-Optimized Work Environments Drive Measurably Higher Employee Engagement and Business Performance | Aruba Networks Newsroom

Mobile-Optimized Work Environments Drive Measurably Higher Employee Engagement and Business Performance | Aruba Networks Newsroom

This report proves that CIOs have the opportunity to use their mobile technology strategies to influence the employee experience – and therefore the productivity, creativity, loyalty and satisfaction of their workers. This is a departure from the usual target outcomes of efficiency and cost optimization, and allows IT to make a more meaningful contribution, both to the strategic ambitions of the organization and to the lives of its workers”.

Source: news.arubanetworks.com

The report is really worth reading. Like a handful of prior studies, it shows the affinity for mobile spans all generations. Employers who provide the best mobile technology support benefit from increased productivity, creativity, satisfaction, and loyalty. 


Workshifting: The Business Case – our latest white paper written for Shaw Business and WorkShiftCanada

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."

Source: business.shaw.ca

Here's our latest white paper: "Workshifting The Business Case." It's about the ROI of mobile work in Canada. We wrote it for Shaw Business, Western Canada's leading network and communications provider and WorkshiftCanada.


World Economic Forum says flexible work will be the top driver (by far) of workplace change

World Economic Forum says flexible work will be the top driver (by far) of workplace change

"New technologies are enabling workplace innovations such as remote working, co-working spaces and teleconferencing..."

Source: www.weforum.org

If you're still wondering if workplace flexibility is an important trend, read this. The World Economic Forum's 4th annual survey of 100 of the largest global employers across 9 industrial sectors puts "changing work environments and flexible working" at the top of the list of drivers of change (cited by 44% of respondents). The next highest driver, "rising middle class in emerging economies" was cited by 23%.


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