Teleworking or Telecommuting is one the quietest and most powerful transformations that is happening in the world today. As technology allows seamless communications between spatial locations, the possibility of using the telecommunications infrastructure instead of traditional modes of transportation increases. Teleworking can be a part-time (a day or two a week) or a full-time arrangement. Along with technological advents, teleworking requires a paradigm shift in styles of management, from one that is based on monitoring presence to an environment that is based on trust, defined objectives and deliverables, and on-going communication.
Why Consider Teleworking?
- essential to business continuity in emergencies stemming from pandemic planning to earthquakes, bridge collapses, snowstorms, transit stoppages, and all man-made or natural disasters. Teleworking can reduce absenteeism.
- valuable to talent acquisition and the retention of employees that need flexibility to manage their lives, especially the millennial and generation Z demographic groups who have learned to work differently than the baby boomers.
- an antidote to open space planning that encourages collaboration but reduces the ability to focus and concentrate.
- is effective for improved productivity, and if well planned and formalized, it will result in a greater sense of responsibility for managers and employees.
- one of the best tools for reducing traffic congestion, emissions and time wasted on the road.