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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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