The expansion of teleworking opportunities created by the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 is creating a visible effect. At a recent Telework Exchange meeting, more than 20 Federal agency representatives discussed progress to date in executing their telework strategies. Many of these agencies now include target reductions of physical office space and the use of “hoteling” solutions to support teleworkers’ days in the office. These organizational goals are helping to promote consideration of increased telework requests – and encourage increased motive for management approvals as well.
Anyone who has managed a telework program will tell you that selling the concept to managers – particularly, cautious ones – is a struggle at best, without the benefit of good, reliable data that demonstrates organizational benefits. The age-old question, “so what’s in it for me?” has to be answered and not with platitudes. Yes, those of us who have established and administered successful telework programs know that telework improves employee morale, productivity, and engagement. We know that telework can yield significant cost savings to the teleworker and the organization through reducing the commute, office space, and energy use. The proof of this is in the data we derive through tracking systems, surveys, and even focus group sessions.
The first-ever National Telework Week, underwritten by Cisco, held February 14-18, 2011, proved to be a major boon to the telework movement, as organizations and individuals located in all U.S. states and territories (and even some foreign countries) took the opportunity to try out telework and determine its impact on employee and organizational productivity.
Human Capital Experts Will Outline Telework’s Impact on Frontline Workers
The reality of how telework can be leveraged to enable employees to be more productive and more satisfied in their jobs will be the theme of the two keynotes at the Telework Exchange Spring 2011 Town Hall Meeting, to be held at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, April 28, 2011.
A column highlighting recent telework news.