Posted by: Ed Becker | June 9, 2008

TELEWORKING – Is It Time to Rethink This Strategy?

It is not always good to set a record.  Today’s organizations must reconsider and evaluate Teleworking.  While this will not be the appropriate solution for all organizations, many will find it effective. 

 

Gasoline reached a record-setting average of $4 per gallon, and we’re hearing more about the recession and inflation words.  With these types of records, it is now time to rethink and implement Teleworking.  A panel of experts will be presenting a webinar on June 24, 2008, on implementing a Telework program.  Additional information can be found at www.BeckITSystems.com .

 

Many factors today are converging: productivity issues, the increasing pace of business, speed of technology changes, and especially skyrocketing commuting costs, will all require us to rethink implementing a program for Teleworking.  My personal experience over the years and continuing to this day tell me Teleworking is a key strategy to success in business today.  This strategy is becoming more significant for employers to retain skilled and trusted associates, as well as attract and retain new employees.

 

As a technology leader, I believe we are duty-bound to explore the full spectrum of flexible working arrangements including:

1.     Telecommuting,

2.     Outsourcing,

3.     Virtual teams and,

4.     Teleconferencing or Webinars.

 

Studies have repeatedly shown that telecommuting reaps many benefits.  For many years, AT&T was managed by a core of telecommuters, saving millions of dollars on realistic costs.  It’s clear that AT&T’s model was quite effective.  In addition, studies show an average of 17% productivity increase amongst telecommuters.

 

Today, we have many technologies for communications and include: e-mail teleconferencing, online meetings, Web Logs (Blogs), Virtual Private Networks (VPN), and instant messaging.

 

In addition, Internet connections today are fast, reliable, and inexpensive.  Locations with access to FIOS are well-and equipped for telecommuting.  While there are many technical and management issues to overcome, Telecommuting is well worth the effort to any organization.

 

Most consider telecommuting equal to work at home.  There are other models that include telecommuting centers in Washington, DC area.  There are many of them available to industry and government alike, no matter what model is used.  There is a need for a technology infrastructure and support this includes networks, desktops and of course a phone system preferably connected to the corporate phone system.  Technology is the key to the best way to service remote locations pilot them and support them.

 

It is also important to understand that some associates who are not able to Telecommute may feel cheated or unimportant.  Fairness is the issue in such circumstances.  Coworkers may resent those who are Teleworking.  Managers and owners will need to work out processes and requirements with all stakeholders to create a Telework program that succeeds.

 

Finally, there are security and privacy questions.  These are especially large for organizations that work in regulated industries like medicine and findings.  None of these are insurmountable, and there are inexpensive and effective technologies today to meet all of these needs.

 

Over the next several posts, I will be looking at steps to creating a Teleworking program and supporting them with the technology that is essential.  Your comments are welcome.

 

You are invited to a webinar on this with a panel of experts scheduled for June 24, 2008 at 11 a.m. Eastern time.  For additional details go to www.BeckITSystems.com .

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