- Producer05/06/2016Top 10 Reasons Why Telework Makes Good Business Sense in the Digital AgeCall it what you choose: telecommuting, remote work, telework, working from home, etc. Regardless of how one labels it, the truth remains the same: Telework works, period! However, for remote work to be successful ,...
Comments27/05/2017 #27 Tricia MitchellGreat post @David B. Grinberg with lots for employers to think about. Perhaps, if managers do the self development work, then the perceived need for control and micromanaging may be replaced by more trust in employees? I've observed in clients (& myself) that the need for "control" goes back to a perceived lack of control (often in childhood).
I found your post after watching Dan Pink's TED talk - the puzzle of motivation - today. The Results Only Work Environment and teleworking are both based on trust. A very timely theme. Thanks29/01/2017 #26 David B. Grinberg#25 Thanks so much for your responsiveness @Renée 🐝 Cormier. FYI - my day job allows me to telework on most days and work in the office only on some days. I actually find myself less distracted and much more productive when working from home. However, it can be a bit isolating, which I presume is problematic for extroverts. Still, it's refreshing to go into the office periodically for direct interpersonal exchanges and real face time with my co-workers. I'm always just happy to find that my office is still there!28/10/2016 #25 Renée 🐝 CormierAll of my work can be done remotely and given that I am pretty focused, I manage to get plenty done. I am self-employed, though. Having said that, there is a little something to be said for water cooler chats and being a part of a "family" of work mates. I know people who work for companies where employees are allowed to occasionally work from home. The term "working from home" becomes a euphemism for dicking around on the company dime. It may not be for everybody.08/06/2016 #20 David B. Grinberg#19 Thanks, as always @Teagan Geneviene, for sharing your important insights. I think requesting an hourly breakdown of work falls into the "micromanaging" category whether working in the office or remotely. We're not in grade school anymore, thus don't treat us that way. This actually defeats one the key principle of telework, which is establishing a strong bond of trust and accountability between the manager and employee. In my book, it's all about results, and only results. If the results are poor then micromanage as needed or withdraw the telework option. But give teleworkers the "benefit of the doubt" unless or until they prove otherwise.
I would counsel managers that as long as the teleworker is a high performer, who exceeds expectations, then there should be no need for a supervisor to treat the person like a child. Hopefully, this type of over-the-top managing of remote work will ease in due time. Otherwise, companies will lose out to competitors who offer more reasonable management of flexible work options. Wishing you all the best, Teagan!06/06/2016 #16 David B. Grinberg#14 I appreciate your excellent feedback @Phillip Hubbell. I believe that virtual workplaces will be the new normal in the coming years and decades as high-tech work tool make remote work easier and more cost effective for all parties -- not to mention all the other benefits. As noted, telework simply makes good business sense. Thanks again for sharing your important insights.06/06/2016 #15 David B. Grinberg#13 Thanks so much, @Tetyana Stadnyk, for sharing your valuable feedback which is most appreciated. You raise a good point for which employers need to be aware. However, it strikes me that the "pros" vastly outweigh the "cons" for employers who implement telework programs for eligible employees. It's simply a win-win outcome. Thanks again.06/06/2016 #14 Phillip HubbellI think that telecommuting or -working becomes imperative as more and more jobs become contractual instead of full time hires. If you want to engage people outside of your immediate geographical area, it will be difficult if not impossible to get people to relocate their families for a six month engagement with zero guarantee of full time employment.06/06/2016 #13 AnonymousThere is one bad side of it, @David B. Grinberg - some companies use this telework, remote and internet way of organizing business and recruit employees from countries with low income, pay them salary which could be slightly over their average, but still not worthy of their real talent :) But overall article is nice - I agree :-)06/06/2016 #12 David B. Grinberg#11 Thanks for your kind words, @Michele Williams, which are most appreciated. I've been a major proponent of telework for several years now and it's refreshing to see it catching on more in business and government. Remote work makes a major positive difference in the work lives of those who leverage this flexible work option. Thank goodness there are an increasing number of good managers and employers who clearly recognize the benefits of telework as a win-win for the company and employee alike.06/06/2016 #11 Michele Williams@David Grinberg, thanks not only for making the business case for telework, but also for including the human side of making effective and fulfilling work more compatible with people's family and personal lives. Telework, if implemented correctly, can level the playing field for human being, women and men, who would benefit from more flexibility in their work lives,06/06/2016 #9 David B. Grinberg#8 Thanks for your kind words and humility, @William 🐝 Rakow, I am truly flattered -- and ditto that on my end, as YOU are an American hero. You are a true patriot, Billy, as a Vietnam vet who served his nation with valor. There's no higher honor in my book than military service. I feel fortunate to call you my friend, as you have some many connections and contacts (tens of thousands), which speaks volumes about your character and success as a businessman. Remember, Billy, I'm just a lowly scribe, one of countless millions of bloggers in a vast blogosphere of writers. Nevertheless, your inspirational words mean a lot to me. Thank you, again, kind sir. Talk soon.
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