Posts Tagged Telework
Sue Oswalt, vice president of human resources for Insurance Program Managers Group, talks about how to efficiently transition your workforce to remote work and continue keeping your employees engaged.
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Q: After working all of my adult life in a regular office job with regular hours, I have accepted a new position working remotely from home. I’ll have occasional in-person meetings with other remote colleagues, but I’d say 95% of the time I’ll be on my own.
When I conducted some research with Millennials I found that flexible working was vital for any modern employee, with 91 percent saying flexible working was important and 92 percent saying they wanted the option to work from home. Interestingly however, 66 percent said they would prefer to work more in the office than at home and 0 percent saying they would want to work exclusively from home.
With the return of the "polar vortex" (I hate that name. . . .Can't we just say freezing temps anymore?), there are a few things employers can do to prevent it from freezing workplace productivity.
Contemplating a remote work policy? You’re not alone. Many careers no longer require punching a time clock. In fact, research indicates that 70% of people work remotely at least once a week. Nevertheless, many employers have not yet embraced remote work.
Severe weather events, like the recent “Bomb Cyclone” along the Eastern seaboard, can negatively impact organizations disrupting productivity and derailing employees’ ability to get to their jobs. However, employers who utilize effective workflex practices can help alleviate many of the problems and stresses caused by weather emergencies.
As hurricanes Harvey and Irma made landfall in the U.S. over the past two weeks, no one could have imagined the historical nature of their effects. Even the best prepared contingency plans were put to the test.
What is HR’s role in crisis planning and recovery?
The number of remote workers is on the rise in the United States with about 3.7 million employees currently working remotely at least half of the time, according to Global Workplace Analytics. In many industries, technology like mobile and video conferencing, instant messaging, and wireless internet enables employees to stay productive and connected from anywhere.
Telework done right can be an important component of building and maintaining an effective and flexible workplace. This matters because data reveals that employees in effective and flexible workplaces are more likely to be highly engaged, satisfied with their jobs, and more likely to stay with their employers.
U.S. Patent Office Telework Program Cleared of Fraud
Telework option for foreign service officers’ families in pilot phase
Employers’ increased acceptance of telecommuting and flexible schedules is redefining the workweek.
“Workers want more flexibility in their schedules, and with improvements in technology that enable employees to check in at any time, from anywhere, it makes sense to allow employees to work outside the traditional nine-to-five schedule,” said Rosemary Haefner, CareerBuilder’s chief human resources officer, in a statement.
Giving workers freedom with hours inspires productivity, but can lead to burnout.
Adopting a hands-off policy about when and where employees work may be the best way to ensure they’re productive.
That’s the conclusion from new research by University of Pennsylvania professor Alexandra Michel, whose 12-year study of investment bankers found that highly educated employees are more inspired, and work longer hours, when they have autonomy over their schedules.
In December 2013 the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released the 2013 Status of Telework in the Federal Government Report to Congress, which reviewed the implementation of the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010.
The Arizona Republic’s recent strategy to move its community reporters out of the office, suggesting they hunker down with company-provided laptops at local coffee shops and fast-food restaurants with free Wi-Fi, is becoming the norm for other employers, according to Kelly Walsh, PHR, a 20-year human resources professional.