As workers across the globe get down to business in an increasingly mobile world, many telecommuters – IT consultants, work-at-home professionals, and the burgeoning wave of workers with flexible on/offsite schedules -- say they get more done when they work from home. But, chances are they may be putting in longer hours.
Managing mobile workforces can be a challenge. BusinessWeek’s “CEO Guide to the Virtual Workplace: Tip Sheet’’ provides Do’s and Don’ts of managing virtual workforces, including providing the necessary equipment and setting goals while also establishing necessary “face time’’ with employees. In addition, a key tip includes: “help them stop.’’
“The trouble with most virtual workers isn't that they slack off, but that they don't know when to call it a day. That's one reason they're 16 percent more productive than tethered counterparts,’’ the story said. “But that extra work can lead to burnout. Encourage employees to have personal lives.’’
At the Enterprise Connect trade show this year, we spoke to professionals about their habits, practices and attitudes on the changing nature of work, including how often they work from home and what their boss’s expectation was when they did. (See What’s Your Work Style – How Often Do You Work from Home and What Does Your Boss Think?) We also asked about their typical day when they worked away from the office. Did they work longer hours? Here is what we found:
In a June 2011 report “The State of Telework in the U.S.’’from the Telework Research Network regular telecommuting rose 61 percent between 2005 and 2009. It’s expected that the number of regular telecommuters will grow 69 percent by 2016, compared with today. According to the report, in general, large companies are more likely to allow telecommuting. “The biggest barrier to telecommuting, by a wide margin, is management fear and mistrust,’’ the report said. View the full Telework report.
At Verizon, we work with large business and government customers to manage global and often far-flung workforces with the use of advanced unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) and mobility capabilities to fuel the growing borderless work style.As the nature of the world of work evolves, we want to hear your stories – what is a typical work-from-home day?
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Editor's Note: This is one of a series of posts on the future of work published on the Verizon Business Think Forward blog
here. You'll also find video content there filled with comments from employees and business owners about their thoughts on where the future of work is headed.