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Employee productivity | WorkMeter Blog: Telework: The Next Stage in Work-Home Lifestyle

April 19, 2012

Telework: The Next Stage in Work-Home Lifestyle

What is Teleworking / Workshifting?

            Working shifting, or moving your work from the company office to the comforts of your home, isn’t a new concept. Numerous careers allow employees to work shift and complete their tasks from home. Yet it was never a largely accepted practice. Most of these were cases tied to specific fields, whereas others allowed it in only specific cases, such as illness or overtime. This is no longer the stance. According to Randstad Canada’s latest global Workmonitor survey, "Telework", or the concept of working from home, has begun to take root as more efficient than its counterpart.

What will Teleworking Do For Me?

The effect of telework is in the numbers
Cited: Telework Research Network
            In the everyday world, the demands of life are often competing with the demands of work. This hurts productivity as people find themselves bouncing from one obligation to another. Employee motivation takes a hit when the stress becomes too great and the limited to non-existent leisure web access, such as social sites or online shopping, doesn’t help either. Employee productivity follows suit not long after. According to Stacy Parker, Executive Vice President of Marketing at Randstad Canada, this makes a good work life balance one of the premium qualities employees look for in their employers. Telework provides this solution and eliminates the problem by allowing them to easily manage both variants of tasks and maintain a healthier work-life balance. Beginning in Canada and rapidly moving to and from Southern California, telework is being utilized to give employees the ability to control their lives and stay motivated.

How Can I Make Sure It's Working?

Not just the employees will benefit from work shifting
Cited: Telework Research Network
Some employers might wonder “Well if they are working from home, how can I make sure they’re being productive?” This is easily solved with SaaS (Software as a Service) tools such as WorkMeter that become cruxes in the telework community by allowing both the employer and the employee themselves to see their productivity levels. By workshifting and teleworking from the company’s computer, employees get the benefit of managing both lives in a healthy manner, employers get the benefit of a productivity increase, and both benefit by seeing an increase in company success.

There’s a reason teleworking is becoming a trend.

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At 4/20/12, 7:28 AM , Blogger swei said...

I was using a hybrid of teleworking for my last 5 years of employment. However, it was done in order for me to work 11 and 12 hour days by working from home in the morning with European partners, from 9 to 6 with Americas partner and late into the night with Asian partners. This was not a balance of life issue. I spent the 9 - 6 time in the office in Richardson.

I do believe a more balanced potential is there and the tools are available to be effective and productive. I also believe this is a great way to take advantage of more seasoned employees who could retire but would like to continue some work but with much more personal time. What a great way to tap the knowledge and experience of baby boomers who are starting to leave the workforce taking many years of experience and knowledge with them.

At 4/20/12, 2:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your case falls perfectly under the "overtime" scenario I specified. They wanted you to work more than the norm and so by "outsourcing" your work to your house, they were able to pull more time out of your day. What needs to happen is a change in the mentality of CEOs and supervisors alike into seeing the greater potential of telework. Your comment regarding taking "advantage of more seasoned employees who could retire" is a perfect example of this point.

As for the tools, they do exist and are readily available. As companies in Canada and SoCal found out, all it takes is just one use for the corporation to see and reap the benefits.


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