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Preparing your business for telecommuting

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The growth of high tech information technology, the prevalence of high speed internet access, and the increasing number of companies willing to adopt work-locations flexibility all lend to the unprecedented growth of telecommuting we are now experiencing today.

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Preparing your business for telecommuting

  1. 1. Preparing Your Business for Telecommuting Brought to you by www.staff.com
  2. 2. Preparing Your Business for Telecommuting Future The growth of high tech information technology, the prevalence of high speed internet access, and the increasing number of companies willing to adopt work-locations flexibility all lend to the unprecedented growth of telecommuting we are now experiencing today. Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/24/us-telecommuting-idUSTRE80N1IL20120124
  3. 3. Preparing Your Business for Telecommuting Future According to Forrester Research, there are 34 million telecommuters in the U.S. In 2016, telecommuting ranks will rise up to 63 million. That means, 43% of the workforce will be remote workers in 2016. Businesses will have telecommuting programs to accommodate employees who work outside the traditional office setting. Source: http://www.forrester.com/US+Telecommuting+Forecast+2009+To+2016/fulltext/-/E-RES46635? objectid=RES46635
  4. 4. Preparing Your Business for Telecommuting Future If you have not done so yet, you should get your business ready for the inevitability of telecommuting.
  5. 5. Preparing Your Business for Telecommuting Future Here are six things you can do to prepare your business for telecommuting.
  6. 6. Preparing Your Business for Telecommuting Future  Is your company policy updated? Check out if there are any articles in your company policy that will conflict with telecommuting. Does it cover policies relating to legal compliance and ethics obligations while working as off site employee, or as long as employees remain contractually obligated to the company?
  7. 7. Preparing Your Business for Telecommuting Future  Does your company have the technology necessary to support telecommuting? We are talking here about tools and techniques to be used for focused business functions, such as project management and collaboration, timekeeping, funds and supply procurement, expense reporting, payroll and others.
  8. 8. Preparing Your Business for Telecommuting Future  Do you have a timekeeping software that will keep track of how much time your employee spends on a particular task? This is a very important tool, as it also logs their work hours for payroll purposes. Some software, like Time Doctor, offer extended features such as monitoring employee productivity. For example, it allows managers to check if their employees are actually working. The software also allows managers to assign a list of to-dos using Time Doctor.
  9. 9. Preparing Your Business for Telecommuting Future  Is your company using a project management software? Project management software provides lots of benefits especially in managing remote employees. Web based project management software like Basecamp are accessible from anywhere with internet, which means remote workers can easily organize, plan, delegate and track projects and deadlines with you by just being online.
  10. 10. Preparing Your Business for Telecommuting Future  Is constant communication already priority in your company? Aside from emails and instant messaging, there are lots of software you can use. Have you tried web video conferencing via Skype? Teamviewer is another tool that you can use for remote controlling workstations, desktop sharing, online meetings, web conferencing and transferring files from computer to computer.
  11. 11. Preparing Your Business for Telecommuting Future  Do you have a company message board that will act as virtual offices where managers and employees can interact, post work related and non work related stuff, share calendars, resources, training materials, or just to bridge the communication gap between remote workers? There are many online software you can use for this.
  12. 12. Preparing Your Business for Telecommuting Future Additional resources you might be interested in:  Does working with people on the other side of the world r  Infographic – Is Telework the future?  An offshore team as an alternative to a tech co-founder

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