Telework: A New Way of Working

Posted by Stefanie Kober Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:58:00 GMT

A new “anytime, anywhere” work culture emerged at the onset of the 21st century – the shift to a management strategy where employees are evaluated on performance, not physical presence in the faculty’s building. With rising levels of expectations and ever-approaching deadlines, teleworking’s flexible work options may just be the right answer for modern business demands.

Teleworking as A New Way of Working
The main drivers of the telework movement (also referred to as telecommuting or remote working) for the federal and state government were reducing traffic congestion, environmental considerations, and compliance with the Clean Air Act of 1990. Nowadays, the advances in information technology, the rise of a global workforce, and the growing need to balance work and family are the three primary factors that will eliminate the present barriers to a more pervasive use of teleworking. For work purposes, teleworking renders geographical distances less significant, or potentially irrelevant. Businesses that implement teleworking consider it as a competitive edge in attracting top talent, whereby employees deliver results faster, with an all-rounded benefit of higher productivity.

By viewing teleworking as a new way of doing work and training potential teleworking and non-teleworking staff on the effect of such procedures, this method can offer benefits to individuals and organizations in terms of employee recruitment, selection, satisfaction, retention, and productivity. Numerous progressive companies that are strongly devoted to personal life/work balance hold this perspective of teleworking arrangements.

Challenges of Teleworking
Teleworking offers advantages and challenges for both the organization and the employee. Every teleworking situation is unique, therefore the advantages and challenges will differ based on management styles, organizational culture, and individual characters. For a successful teleworking arrangement, the attention and quality of service given to business partners or clients must not be negatively affected because an employee works remotely.

Key Issues to Be Addressed
One of the most important issues that organizations must address before implementing teleworking is cyber security and technical necessities required so that an employee can work comfortably from home, without putting the organization’s information systems at risk. Questions that arise include:

What equipment is necessary for employees to telecommute?

How will employees connect safely and securely from their home office?

What preventive measures are to be implemented to defend against cyber attacks?

What Next?

As the convenience and acceptance of working “anywhere, anytime” grows, so does our awareness of cyber threats. Ultimately, the success of an employee working from home depends on the person, the job, and the training the organization provides to perform that role remotely – both the organization and the employee carry responsibility when implementing home offices.
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