The Next level of Telework

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  • #180083

    Henry Brown
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    Interesting in my opinion the same people who evaluated ROWE in the OPM workplace a couple of years ago is now releasing a white paper…
    Perhaps the next level of telework (too bad a lot of government agencies are in fact stuck on how to deal with telework)…

    Deloitte white paper
    Workplaces of the future: Creating an elastic workplace

    The workplace flexibility movement began to accommodate working mothers. Over time, flexibility options mushroomed: from compressed workweeks to job sharing, telecommuting to adjustable schedules, career lattices to career reentry. From its birth as an employee entitlement, workplace flexibility has grown to become a requirement for organizations that want to make the most of its people’s productivity.

    While workplace flexibility is vital for many employees and a welcome option for others, it can be just as beneficial to organizations – but only if well executed. That means seeing it from a business strategy perspective. Technology made today’s brand of flexibility possible, but companies can’t view workplace flexibility is a management challenge. Leaders should be prepared to nurture and grow an effective flexible work environment over time – it can’t be left to chance.

    Every organization should think through and define how flexibility will work in its particular case. It’s advisable to define broad parameters that establish clear boundaries and give people flexibility within those boundaries, allowing employees to embrace arrangements that work for them. One size does not fit all.

    Download PDF file indirectly from Deloitte’s website

  • #180090

    Henry Brown
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    a rather short commentary from Work Anywhere Nation’s blog:

    Author Fred Pilot:
    Deloitte white paper foresees decline of the centralized commuter office

    In the modern Industrial Age, the centralized commuter office (CCO) and the 9-5 work schedule predominated. No longer in today’s “open talent economy,” according to a white paper recently issued by Deloitte, Workplace of the Future: Creating an Elastic Workplace. “No longer are employees bound together by place—in the open talent economy, they can work together from anywhere on the globe,” writes U.S.-based Deloitte Director Tracy Haugen. “As more teams work across time zones, the traditional 9-to-5 workday could become obsolete.”

    The implication of the demise of a set work schedule for knowledge work is that the CCO is also on the way out since the fixed work schedule is tightly bound to the CCO. Haugen apparently sees that possibility. “As workplace flexibility and virtual teams become the norm for getting things done, managers, team leaders, and executives will need to improve their skills and broaden their expectations,” she writes. “Office-and company-based work may cease to be the norm.”

  • #180088

    David B. Grinberg
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    Thanks for sharing this study, Henry. Check out this infographic:

  • #180086

    Joshua Millsapps
    Participant

    Thanks for the great post and article – I love the info graphic as well. I’m somewhat skeptical of the scale of the productivity gains, but the rest seems pretty plausible.

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