Telework Week 2015

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We are one day into Telework Week 2015!…So what?

The Method

Telework can basically be equated with a work-from-home policy.

The Myth

Over the recent years, WFH policies have been somewhat controversial, with companies like Yahoo and Hewlett-Packard pulling the plug on this policy. In a leaked Yahoo internal memo, the reasoning for putting a ban on WFH was because face-to-face communication and collaboration were important, and everyone would benefit from working side by side. There was also the mention that “speed and quality are often sacrificed when working from home.” That might sound like common knowledge, but don’t be fooled…

The Facts

Studies (found in the above Yahoo link) have shown that those who work from home have higher productivity rates. Another study showed that companies that offer “flex-work” schedules (including WFH or teleworking on an ad hoc basis [meet a repair person, sick child,etc]) “have a lower voluntary turnover rate. In addition, a majority of employers report a positive impact on employee satisfaction, motivation and engagement.”

Telework Week 2015

There’s more to teleworking than just increased productivity and positive impacts on motivation and engagement. Since 2011 Telework Week has been looking at the numbers of what working from home for a solid week looks like across the physical board. The Mobile Work Exchange, who has been hosting this yearly event, actually has calculators you can use to calculate your telework savings and your telework ROI.

According to 2013 statistics, 136,000 thousand pledged their participation during last year’s event, which was estimated to save “$12.3 million in commuting costs and kept cars from driving 12.1 million miles.” What’s more, participants of National Telework Week gained back a total of 665,936 hours, which equates to 76 years.  – Allison O’Kelly, Founder and CEO, Mom Corps

That’s not all. According to Wallet Hub, 50 million American workers want to work from home, but only 2.9 million do. Let’s follow the calculations, shall we?

Think of how less stressed out you'll be, unlike this guy. And from the looks of it, he hasn't even left his driveway.

Think of how less stressed out you’ll be, unlike this guy. And from the looks of it, he hasn’t even left his driveway. Source Image

If the other 47 million workers were allowed to telework, to varying degrees, Wallet Hub estimates that each year 390 million fewer gallons of gas would be used and 3.6 million tons of greenhouse gases would not be spewed into the atmosphere.

And, Wallet Hub says, teleworking would save U.S. workers more than $900 billion annually.

Wallet Hub calculated the telework savings by states, and included Washington, D.C., which topped the list of potential savings per worker at $14,264 annually. Virginia came in at the national average of between $10,000 and $11,000 a year. – Scott Shenk, The Free Lance-Star

What could you do with an extra 10 grand a year?

Where Is The Chase, And How Do I Cut To It?

In order to reclaim hours of your life, reduce your stress levels induced by commuting, and saving precious gallons of gas that can cost you a decent fraction of your paycheck, you need to have these 4 things:

  • Fast Internet – Your upload and download speeds need to be capable to handle your workday flow. You can find these out from your office IT admin, and make certain you have the necessary plan from your home internet service provider. Note: if you’re using your home Internet to stream Netflix or Hulu, you’re probably at a good place, but it doesn’t hurt to double check.
  • Office Phone Line – You probably have a phone at your desk. It’s possible to set up that phone number to be redirected to an office phone at your house. Oftentimes, work places will provide a home office phone that you “check out” until you move on from the company, when it’s appropriate to return the equipment.
  • Remote Desktop Functionality or Virtual Private Network Access – This gives you the ability to log in to your company’s network so you can use your home computer just like you’re at the office. In my personal experience, remote desktops are easy to set up, but there’s often a lag. Access into the company’s VPN eliminated that lag and, depending on how the office’s bandwidth was being used that day, I could work quicker at home and produce significantly better results, which not only my managers loved, but also other departments in the company greatly appreciated for those time sensitive items they depended on me for.
  • Instant Message – You probably already have that set up at your office computer, but it’s good to have it installed at your home one too.

You might be thinking to yourself, “Well, that’s all well and good, but I have no idea how to set that up!” That’s really alright, because Nickel City Technology can ensure all of these functions are set and working for you. How can you be certain? Because NCT embodies the virtues of teleworking: saves time, saves gas, and provides less distractions. They’ve set up dozens upon dozens of telework systems for existing customers and themselves, and they can make it happen for you!

Stop waiting and start embracing the benefits of a flex work schedule: contact Nickel City Technology Consulting at 716.939.1491 to schedule your Work From Home station set up today!

Want to hear more about Telework Week 2015? Listen to this radio show clip with WalletHub.com’s Jill Gonzalez.