Telework Week 2012 confirmed something we already know – employees who participate in telework programs show more increased job satisfaction compared with employees who don’t have the option to work from home. The main point of Telework Week this year, however, was showing that mobile challenges are decreasing, which is helping ease the transition for employees and managers alike.
Telework Week 2012 involved questionnaires and surverys whose results indicate significant increases in productivity, job satisfaction, and money saved. The one area that didn’t see much growth is the number of management teams on board with a telework transition. Only up 2% from last year, this sector has been the most resistant to allowing telework a fair transition in the workplace. That's why Telework Week is so crucial - it shows managers how to perceive and measure employee productivity based on work output instead of attendance and time spent in the office.
A few statistics from Telework Week 2012:
-This year, one in five organizations reported technical issues severe enough to interfere with work, as opposed to one in three last year.
-71% of organizations saw an increase in productivity due to telework, compared with 60% in 2011.
-The GSA and Agriculture Department were the two federal agencies spotlighted for having aggressive telework processes set in place, and are solid models of telework leaders to follow.
“Telework Exchange estimates the government would save $5 billion if all eligible federal employees teleworked twice a week for one year.” (source)
What are you doing to get your company capable of teleworking?