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- In January of 2012, McLean & Company conducted six in-depth interviews with line of business managers, executives, teleworking employees, and a work-life balance scholar to learn about their teleworking experiences and research.
- During the same timeframe, McLean & Company fielded a survey to better understand specific teleworking trends. The survey attracted 72 respondents.
- Succeeding and retaining top talent can be very difficult, regardless of the economic environment.
- The cost of conducting business is on the rise, and so are the environmental implications involved in maintaining office space.
- Organizations want to appeal to the work-life balance demands of today’s workforce, while still keeping business priorities at the forefront of their decision-making.
- Many organizations believe that telework will hinder productivity and performance, while in reality it can bring the business many benefits.
- Telework cannot be ignored; top talent demands it, and the nature of today’s workforce provides many opportunities for it to be integrated.
- Without support from senior executives and managers, and the existence of a results-oriented work environment, telework can be difficult to implement due to the negative repercussions it can create for teleworking employees or departments.
- However, with the right work environment and job elements in place, there is a great opportunity for organizations to embrace telework, engage employees, and save costs over the long term.
- HR can build a successful telework program to support this growing trend, protect the organization, and maintain performance standards.
Impact and Result
- Optimize your telework program by introducing a comprehensive policy and employee agreement to ensure everyone has a shared understanding of expectations.
- Improve the retention, engagement, and acquisition of top talent by providing workplace flexibility for appropriate jobs and employees.
- Take the guesswork out of telework adoption with clear criteria and guidelines for telework eligibility and performance management.
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