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Podcast explores the challenges and rewards of working from home

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Allowing employees to work from home makes a lot of intuitive sense, offering reduced commuting and real estate costs and an increase in flexibility and employee satisfaction. But despite these well publicized upsides, earlier this year, a Kronos survey found just 14 percent of respondents had the option of working from home, while the latest Census Bureau figures show only four percent of workers actually work from home.

So what makes telecommuting so challenging to implement for the individual and the company? To find out, think tank The Workforce Institute at Kronos asked two board members and veteran work-from-homers, Sue Meisinger and John Hollon, to discuss their on-the-ground experience with remote work and managing telecommuters. This interesting podcast is the result. It covers:

  • The outsized impact of “the technology gods” on web workers’ existence
  • The remote work adjustment period and the danger of driving your spouse crazy
  • Community v. flexibility tradeoffs and the benefits of growing and meeting with your local network
  • The importance of face-to-face meetings and realistic travel budgets
  • How to remind office-based staff of the existence of remote workers and how to keep remote staff in the loop about other divisions of the company
  • The current limitations of videoconferencing
  • How remote work can enrich your talent pool

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3 Responses to “Podcast explores the challenges and rewards of working from home”

  1. Part of the telecommuting statistics problem is the nature of the questions asked in surveys. for example, the relevant Census bureau question used to be something like: Do you get paid to work at home? My answer would be : No; I get paid to do useful work, wherever I am. Therefore, even though I have been teleworking since the mid-1960s I wouldn’t be counted by the Census Bureau. Another question is something like: Do you work full time from home? Here, too, the answer would be misleading since, according to our surveys in 2000, about 8% of American workers do so. Most telecommuters do it part time, the rest of the time spent in a traditional office somewhere. The procedures forf HOW to telecommute, or manage telecommuters, effectively have been in my books since 1994–and in our manuals since the mid-1980s.