Since teleworkers do come into the office, provide them an office when they are there.
Concept is called hoteling: In a hotel most rooms are alike. Assign a cubicle with a computer when they arrive. It can be different each time they show up. Have them store their work related materials in a locker. Even provide pictures of the family on their desk when they show up.
A Steelcase survey of 700 workers found 46% percent allowed to telecommute and 32% do.
But nearly 2/3 of all respondents feared working from home "will hinder chances at promotion due to lack of contact with the employer,”
72% of the respondents feel Steelcase prefers them in the office to control the work environment; 71% said the boss wants them around to prevent productivity decline. 62% believe companies prefer them in the office to prevent a lack of communication.
Myths persist that tarnish telecommuting’s reputation.
Some individuals struggling with insufficient training or corporate-cultural barriers preventing them from being good telecommuters, working effectively with far-flung peers, or sufficiently managing subordinates who do their jobs from home.
Source: FUD Tarnishes the Telecommuting Experience. InfoWeek 8-11-08 Ted Samson
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