A new report found that 95 percent of federal employees who are using mobile devices for work tasks do so outside of the office at some point. Not only that, more than half of feds using smartphones and tablets for work are bringing their own.
Telework is not a silver bullet. It won't cure cancer or make your hair grow back (darn!). It's a management tool, pure and simple and we need to treat it as such and stop trying to vilify or lionize it.
Time will tell if we have reached that tipping point, but one thing is quite evident, there is more and more proof every day that people are not content to be stuck using 20th century approaches to address 21st century problems.
I am not convinced that working from home every day with zero interaction with collaborators is the best solution for most people. And there is a very simple reason for why it's not ideal: we are all human.
A while back I had the pleasure of hearing Alan Greenspan talk about innovation. When he agreed to take some questions, I figured I had a shot at some objective thoughts on some of my nature of work theories.
The latest Federal data on telework came out this week in the form of the 2011 Office of Personnel Management Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. Among many points, it highlights telework progress from the employees' point of view.
In the D.C. area, we have the triple whammy. Back to school traffic, construction on several of our major roadways and the fact that any rain causes half of the region's drivers to lose all ability to effectively operate a motor vehicle.
The telework discussion has become a surrogate for a broader conversation on the very nature of work. How we manage knowledge workers is (or should be) very different from how we have done so over the past 200-plus years.
The U.S. consumes about a quarter of the world's oil, but we only comprise four percent of the world's population. We are addicted to oil, and we are paying a huge financial and political price because of it.
The expression "seeing is believing" has basis in fact, and many supervisors and coworkers are more comfortable working with remote employees when they can see them. No, it's not the same as being there, but it's pretty darn close.