By Staff Report
May. 30, 2014
Dear Changing World:
The decision for your organization to move toward more virtual work should be an easy one since there is clear, compelling and scientific evidence about the myriad benefits of what used to be called telecommuting.
When organizations look to the future, the most innovative and successful leaders realize the potential that virtual workforces have to change the face of business. Increasingly, leadership and organizations are viewing work as something you do, rather than somewhere you go. As organizations expand across the nation and the globe, remote labor forces are becoming vital to business success. Currently, 82 percent of Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” have virtual work policies. That number is expected to rise as time and technology advance.
In addition, fully 81 percent of remote workers say they were more productive at home than in a traditional workplace environment. Furthermore, a recent Gallup workplace study found that virtual workers put in four more hours per work week than on-site employees — while also having higher engagement (32 percent to 28 percent).
Other valuable benefits of work-from-home/remote policies, for both employer and employee include:
Harvard Business Review recently reported that by 2015, fully 40 percent of the world’s workforce will be remote. The trend toward virtual work is, in fact, gaining such a hold in the workplace that colleges and universities are beginning to introduce programs dedicated solely to best practices for virtual work. To remain up to par in this increasingly distanced world, managers must consider the increasing demand and necessity for a virtual workforce.
SOURCE: Kevin Sheridan, author, “The Virtual Manager,” Chicago, May 27, 2014
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