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Attendance V Results

Is your team focused on clock-punching instead of goal-crushing?

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Attendance V Results

Do your people think they’ve done their job if they just show up?

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Attendance V Results

Do your employees think that work is just a place?

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Attendance V Results

It’s the first sign you might be running a retro office!

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Overwhelmed by Getting There

Are your employees exhausted by traffic and working hours?

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Overwhelmed by Getting There

Does your staff mostly talk about weekends and commutes?

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Overwhelmed by Getting There

Does it seem your team is not inspired or empowered by their tasks?

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Overwhelmed by Getting There

That’s sign number two that you might be in a throwback work culture!

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Under-utilized Technology

Does your office email each other... from down the hall?

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Under-utilized Technology

Do you act like you are spread around the globe, even though you’re on the same floor?

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Under-utilized Technology

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Under-utilized Technology

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Under-utilized Technology

You might be managing a wayback workplace.

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Loud & Distracting

Does your team have to come in early to get any actual work done?

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Loud & Distracting

Or stay late?

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Loud & Distracting

Or wear headphones?

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Loud & Distracting

Or work from home?

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Loud & Distracting

That might be the final sign that your old-school office isn’t working out the way you thought it would. Work days shouldn’t have to look like this:

The Modern Way

All it takes is a Laptop and a Commitment to Doing Better Work

Modern technology enables our workforce to do better work from anywhere, yet many of our workplaces still function as if it is anywhere between 1952-1991.




Often or Not

Sure, some jobs are tied to a physical location, like manufacturing work. But for desk roles, your office doesn’t have to be the only workplace option. Staff could work from home, from a coffee shop, or from a co-working space, if they had the flexibility.

Office or Not

Telework could be a daily habit, or it might be a once-a-week or once-a-month privilege. It could be during regular office hours, or just for after-hours exceptions. The timing is up to you, depending on what you need.

Awfulness Optional

Long commutes, loud workspaces, lousy schedules and lack of accountability: all issues common to workplaces, and all problems that telecommuting helps avoid. Who wouldn’t want healthier, higher-performing teams?

The big 8

The Power of Telework

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Focus on results

Telecommuting means employers must focus more on what gets accomplished, rather than focusing only on office attendance.

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Boost employee health and well-being

Employees who telecommute get sick less often, and can bring more energy and focus to their work tasks

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Get productivity back

An average of 3 hours daily is lost in productivity in an office setting, due to unscheduled interruptions.

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Save on overhead costs

Office space, electricity use, parking costs all go down when workers are allowed to telecommute occasionally

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Tap into technology

Video-calls, laptops, instant messaging, collaborative document sharing, and even email, easily enable a distributed workforce

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Reclaim the space to think

Studies show that when given quieter and more personal environments, workers’ minds are more able to generate creative ideas and conduct problem-solving

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Give the only perk that matters

Repeatedly, one of the only perks that matters to modern employees is flexibility in hours, and work-life balance.

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Make a real impact

By reducing the drain on employee health and energy by allowing telecommuting, studies show companies experience greater profitability, productivity, retention and even morale.

The Essentials

What do you need to try Telework?

Laptops

Portable computers are more affordable than ever, and allow staff to leave the confines of their physical offices.

Collaboration tool

Many of the tools you need, you’re already using: email, document sharing, video calls, and instant messaging.

Agreed-upon results

If you don’t already have this, it’s a sign of a bigger dysfunction. Do you know the jobs your employees need to do? Make a plan, and measure the results, allow them to perform the work in the best environment for them.

Your go-ahead

Often, the biggest barrier to telework is employer permission. Many employees would love to try it, but feel they lack overt permission from their organiz

Don't take our word for it

Who is trying Telework?

80% to 90% of the US workforce says they would like to telework at least part time. Here are a few stories of employers who are finding it works for them:

DC Transportation Planning Board

"Work is less a place you go and more something you do where you’re at."

- Robert Griffiths, Director of Planning and Programming

Read the Story »
Harvard Business Review

Perhaps the most significant benefit of flexible work is that it has been shown to increase job satisfaction, productivity, efficiency and performance while reducing turnover.

— Liz Morris

Read the Story »
globalworkplaceanalytics.com

Today’s companies can’t use 19th Century organizations and 20th Century management to do 21st Century work.

— Global Workplace Analytics

Read the Story »

Think of the money you'll save not buying pants

Calculate the Impact of Telework

  • How many of your employees would you allow to try telework for two days a week?

  • How many of your employees would you allow to try telework for three days a week?

  • How many of these employees would you allow to try telework on a full-time basis?

By trying Telework, you could gain:
  • $20000

    in lowered overhead costs

  • $2268

    in the reduction in unscheduled absences

  • 35%

    increase in productivity and work quality from allowing telework

  • $40000

    saved in retaining employees who would otherwise be likely to quit

  • 240

    hours given back to your employees in previously lost commuting time across your workforce

  • $9000

    saved yearly across all of your staff individually in personal transportation costs

Did you know?

50% of the US workforce
holds a job that is compatible with at least partial telework

Further Learning

Where can I learn more about Telework?

Jason Fried’s Rework book
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Scott Berkun’s Year Without Pants book
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Why Work Sucks and How To Fix It book
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18F's remote working resources
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Something to think about

What if...

What if, to get meaningful work done, we worked in the most productive, inspiring, distraction-free settings possible? What if, when we brought people together, it was for purposeful, high-impact collaboration?

An intentional mix of telework and office work can change everything.

Remember:

A COMMUTE + AN OFFICE + A DRESS CODE ≠ WORK

WORK = WORK

Or, you could go back to the old way of working

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