Creating a Positive Environment for Remote Workers

By Samuel Greengard  |  Posted 2016-11-22 Email

The four walls of the enterprise have all but disappeared as digital technology has taken hold. Today, about one-quarter of U.S. employees work remotely at any given moment, and that figure is expected to rise further in the months and years ahead. This, of course, is driving profound changes in the business world—and in our culture. A recent study from unified communications provider West Unified Communications, which surveyed 300 workers, provides a barometer for this rapidly evolving work environment. Among other things, "Who Controls the Remote?" reveals that while many of today's employees enjoy the convenience of working remotely, they also want to ensure that workplace elements like office culture, colleague relationships and career advancement remain a part of their working experience. Employers must keep these concerns in mind when developing a telecommuting policy. In addition, attitudes and values about work-life balance are undergoing a seismic shift. Here's a look at some of the key findings of the survey.

Samuel Greengard writes about business and technology for Baseline, CIO Insight and other publications. His most recent book is The Internet of Things (MIT Press, 2015).

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