As technology improvements make out-of-office communications seamless while arguably increasing productivity, why are these companies ditching the work-from-home approach for an old-school 9 to 5?
Proponents of the Yahoo and Best Buy move to a more office-centric approach say it will lead to increased innovation, communication and collaboration. Those in favor of a telecommute option, such as the Association for Commuter Transportation, frequently cite increased productivity, a reduced need for capital expansion such as office space and parking, as well as improved retention rates and overall employee satisfaction.
As part of our efforts to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality, we encourage employers to implement telework as a strategy to address these issues.
Below are some related articles on both sides of the telework debate, as well as resources for employers who would like to implement a telework policy, or better manage an existing policy:
- 80 percent of North Jersey companies surveyed offer some type of telecommuting policy, and a local employment law specialist is seeing first-hand an increase in employers seeking legal advice on formal telecommuting policies. Some offer telework to all employees, and some allow the benefit to be earned.
- It's not about where your staff works, it's about how efficiently they can get things done. Telecommuting can work--but management needs the right tools and policies to implement it.
- The federal government provides resources such as technology recommendations, information on hoteling, and a Mobile Worker Toolkit.
- The Microsoft Founder says the general trend of technology letting people work over the internet is "a wonderful thing."
- Citing research in the field, data is presented on telework issues ranging from financial benefit, time savings, trends among the Forbes Best Companies to Work For, productivity, morale, and more.
- A response to the article above, arguing that telecommuting isn't a one-size-fits-all panacea. It works for some organizations, some employees, some managers and some situations; it fails for others.
- Columnist Barbara Shelly argues that productivity is overrated, and the shift to more innovation, craftsmanship and creativity is a necessary one.
- From an angle of parenting and a working mother, support for Mayer's decision to end Yahoo's telework policy, and the benefits of working in an office rather than working from home.
A dissection of telecommuting, highlighting the productivity vs. collaboration and innovation argument, as well as whether telecommuters work significantly more hours than their in-office counterparts.
- Teleworking appeals to a younger generation of workers, can help recruit better employees, increase employee retention and more.