Virtual Presence Of Teleworkers By Derek Beebe


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This presentation outlines the basics of the growing popularity of telework and what a manager or employee should consider before creating teleworker plan.

This presentation was given with the assistance of a classmate at Central Michigan University.

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Virtual Presence Of Teleworkers By Derek Beebe

  1. 1. Virtual Presence Teleworking Mike Montreuil Derek Beebe MSA 650
  2. 2. Teleworking <ul><li>Evolution of Telework </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Employer/Employee Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Manager/Employee Considerations </li></ul><ul><li>Unresolved and Emerging Issues </li></ul><ul><li>IT System Needs </li></ul><ul><li>Telework Limitations </li></ul>
  3. 3. Evolution of Teleworking <ul><li>First Teleworker- 1877 Boston Banker installed phone line from Bank to his home </li></ul><ul><li>Computers- faster, cheaper, technology </li></ul><ul><li>World Wide Web </li></ul><ul><li>Satellite Communications </li></ul>
  4. 4. Environmental Benefits
  5. 5. Environmental Benefits “President Obama and the U.S. Congress deserve high praise” The Telework Coalition (TelCoa), a Washington, D.C.-based telework information organization, supports the new laws to reduce vehicle travel but wants it followed up with federal incentives to encourage more businesses to adopt telework that would light up the expanded broadband network and put more traffic onto the existing and wide open existing virtual highways.    “Broadband telecommunications and on-line educational programs are most effective when there is a telework job available at the home end of the line,” says TelCoa President and CEO Chuck Wilsker. “With broadband and telework , we no longer need to apply physical transportation ‘solutions’ to address economic/employment, energy, or environmental issues.  Mainstreaming comprehensive telework opportunities is the quickest, most effective means to provide employment opportunities to a great number of people without forcing them to daily leave their communities.” 
  6. 6. Environmental Benefits Commuting Modes by Metro Area Population (2006)
  7. 7. Employer Benefits <ul><li>Increase Productivity </li></ul><ul><li>Increased Employee Motivation, Morale </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible working hours </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce Office Space, Operating Expense </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced Absenteeism/Turnover </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer Business Interruptions: Severe Weather </li></ul><ul><li>Geographical Dispersion protects against catastrophe </li></ul><ul><li>Expand Recruitment </li></ul>
  8. 8. Employee Benefits <ul><li>Increased Job Satisfaction </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced Travel Time & Expenses </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible Working Hours </li></ul><ul><li>Increased Productivity </li></ul>
  9. 9. Employee Benefits Daily Round Trip Commute by Mode (2007 US Census)
  10. 10. Manager Considerations <ul><li>Must trust employees integrity and abilities </li></ul><ul><li>Manage by objectives, agreed upon performance standards and deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate performance by results and not attendance </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage employees to become self-managers </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the need to balance work and family life </li></ul>
  11. 11. Employee Considerations <ul><li>Reduced amount of feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of stimulation of exchanging ideas with colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Safe guard against workaholics </li></ul><ul><li>Results orientated, self-disciplined, well organized, and good time manager </li></ul><ul><li>Trusted by manager </li></ul>
  12. 12. Unresolved and Emerging Issues <ul><li>Safety Standards for Teleworkers? </li></ul><ul><li>Is Teleworking Exploiting Employees? </li></ul><ul><li>Next Steps in Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Tax Issues </li></ul>
  13. 13. IT Needs <ul><li>Web Conferencing </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  14. 14. IT Needs <ul><li>Hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Software </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>Support </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Data Security </li></ul>IT Needs <ul><li>https:// or http:// </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Encryption </li></ul><ul><li>Firewalls </li></ul><ul><li>Anti Virus </li></ul>
  16. 16. Limitations <ul><li>Business Reluctance: Business acceptance of telecommuting is growing. According to a 2007 survey by Hewitt Associates, 38 percent of employers allow some form of telecommuting, up from 14 percent a decade ago. Still, many business managers are reluctant to allow employees to telecommute. </li></ul><ul><li>Job Compatibility: Telecommuting is not compatible with all jobs because some work requires employees to be physically present at the job site. For example, the work of plumbers or construction workers cannot be performed by telecommuting. </li></ul><ul><li>Broadband Availability: Broadband connections are a virtual necessity for effective telecommuting because they enable employees to be connected to the office at all times and enable the high speed exchange of data. </li></ul><ul><li>Tax Restrictions: Some state laws may also present a threat to telework by enabling states to subject telecommuters to taxes based on where the employer is located. The telecommuter may face double taxation. </li></ul><ul><li>Availability: to current technologies. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Comments/ Questions Thank You!