Teleworking Or Commuting, what would you choose?

following a recent report, you can save a serious amount of money with teleworking.  Up to $2,000 per year per employee.

Key findings:

  • Telework Day Snapshot: 4,267 employees teleworked on Telework Day –22% of participants never teleworked before Telework Day; 95% of participants located in Virginia
  • A Day Can Make a Difference:Telework Day participants realized significant savings–approximately $124,000 across the United States, and $113,000 in Virginia
  • Want a Raise?:Teleworking one day per week delivers approximately $2,000 in savings to each teleworker annually
  • Be the Change: As Telework Day demonstrated, teleworkers take cars off the road, save energy, and remove pollutants from the air. In one day, participants:
  • Avoided driving more than 155,782 miles
  • Removed 82.77 tons of pollutants from the air
  • Productivity Impact:69% of Virginia Telework Day participants said they accomplished morethan on a typical day at the office
  • Looking Forward:91% of Virginia Telework Day participants say they are now more likely to teleworkin the future

Although teleworking has a huge impact on our environment, the biggest benefit for employee is the opportunity to balance work/life whilst teleworking, second position we have productivity where 69% of them declared that they were more productive when teleworking. Third position, recruitment and retention and finally fourth position, environmental impact.

Best Practices:What is the most important part of successful teleworking?

  • “The leadership in the agency/business must fully support and encourage it.”
  • “Ability to connect to everything you normally would be able to if sitting at your desk.”
  • “Planning my work around teleworking, because there are some work tasks that I cannot do from home (for example, direct consumer services). I make sure that those types of tasks are covered, then schedule a ‘paperwork’ day at home for case management activities.”
  • “Connectivity to co-workers/clients.”
  • “Most important is having an environment conducive to working; i.e. quiet surroundings, ability to connect to your network, etc.”

I’ve been teleworking for a long time now and although I find it very pleasant, my main problem is connectivity to my company network, yes it sux network guys! I had VDSL, now I have cable modem and we are still having terrible slowness. I say ‘we’ because I’m not the only one teleworking and having connectivity issues.  Actually my company started teleworking back in 2002 with Cisco Access Server appliances.  You had to dial in with a 28k modem, glorious days LOL

Anyway, 7 years later, teleworkers pool multiplied by 1000, big Juniper appliances all over the world in a follow the sun scenario, huge Internet pipe and still a connectivity experience a la Hayes 28k modem… That really sux mate!



About PiroNet

Didier Pironet is an independent blogger and freelancer with +15 years of IT industry experience. Didier is also a former VMware inc. employee where he specialised in Datacenter and Cloud Infrastructure products as well as Infrastructure, Operations and IT Business Management products. Didier is passionate about technologies and he is found to be a creative and a visionary thinker, expressing with passion and excitement, hopefully inspiring and enrolling people to innovation and change.
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