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THE FUTURE OF WORK: CHALLENGES IN TIMES OF CHANGE

15 Jan 2015 / Articles
Telework is a complex arrangement with a delicate equilibrium based on trust and business integrity. As much as technology allows us to accomplish wondrous tours de force across continents and time zones, the human factor of trust is still valid when it comes to work ethics and professional commitment.

Some companies still battle the need to have all employees at one location, work tensions and differences of opinion notwithstanding. It was only two years ago that former Google executive and current CEO of Yahoo, Marisa Mayer - banned telecommuting.

"To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side. That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices. Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings. Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together."
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THE FUTURE OF WORK: DISINTEGRATION OR A CREATIVE SHIFT

09 Dec 2014 / Articles
“For the first time in history, it will be possible to have the best of both worlds—the economic and scale efficiencies of large organizations, and the human benefits of small ones: freedom, motivation, and flexibility.” - Thomas W. Malone

With the decreasing cost of telecommunications and the arrival of still new technologies we are looking at a shift from “command-and-control” management to “coordinate-and-cultivate” where people continue to develop new skills to follow the trend that democratizes the workplace.

According to the Global Workplace Analytics, telework has grown with nearly 80% since 2005 and while the total workforce decreased during the recession, the number of employees working from home increased and continues to grow.

The typical telecommuter is 45-50 years of age, holds a higher education diploma, earns an average to above average salary in a management position and works for a company with over 100 employees. Yet, we are looking at still newer and more interesting home-based job engagements.

So what benefits are we looking at when we think "working from home"?
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