My office recently started regular telework up to two days a week. So far it seems to be a win. You can access everything you need from home with KT Fileshare, CON-IT, Skype for Business video chat, DCS, and VPN. We view it as increasing our capability (with experience) to operate as a distributed team.
The biggest challenge has been figuring out what tools work on the Air Force network and adjusting how our leadership team leads, communicates, and manages our teams (sometimes differently but often for the better.) BTW most of the leadership team teleworks too.
For the skeptics, a good book to see telework from a different perspective is
Basecamp founders Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson explore the “work from home” phenomenon and show precisely how a remote work setup can be accomplished in Remote .
The Industrial Revolution’s “under one roof” model of conducting work is steadily declining as technology creates virtual workspaces that allow employees to provide their vital contribution without physically clustering together. Today, the new paradigm is “move work to the workers, rather than workers to the workplace.”
Remote work increases the talent pool, reduces turnover, lessens the real estate footprint, and improves the ability to conduct business across multiple time zones, to name just a few advantages. As Fried and Hansson explain the challenges and unexpected benefits of this phenomenon, they show why–with a few controversial exceptions such as Yahoo–more businesses will want to promote this model of getting things done.
Here is a blog post with short summary of some key points:
For the telework fans, here is a counterpoint from a startup founder:
What do you think? Is remote work the future? Or is it a fad that will fall out of favor like open office? (Open office is a discussion for another thread)