So Long, Telecommuting
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There have been a couple of cool articles on remote workers on EC-BP.com
Now along to go against the rest of the World is YAHOO!
Last Week I attended a Supply Chain Management show/conference and did not leave the comfort of my home. It seemed just like the real thing. But I had no long flight, no unfamiliar hotel, et al. It was the Chief Supply Chain Officers’ (CSCO) Summit, an online virtual event, presented by SCM World.
It was designed for executives responsible for designing and executing supply chain, procurement, operations and information systems and technology strategy for global manufacturers and retailers. Attendees could network, learn and share best practice around the critical factors driving the strategic supply chain agenda across multiple industry sectors, without leaving the office.
We used to call them “temps”. Some were remote workers. They didn’t usually have very glamorous jobs. They used to do things like maintain “legacy” systems. All this is changing; and it is being pushed by both the companies and the workers.
We have had a lot of interest this year in “remote workers”. Now is the time to talk more about the possibilities of extending this practice. We have the positive support of workers: they love the idea. Let’s address the data security people: my response is, as expected if you have read what I write, is the CLOUD. Now the immediate managers: it is no different than any other project you have managed (watch me, I will show you). Top level management: think of the savings in these huge buildings you have: funding a remote worker is less than your square foot charge to house him.
Ever wonder how your telecommuting colleagues really live? Turns out, many of them actually do work in their pajamas. They also tend to love their work-life balance – to the point where they’d take a pay cut to maintain the status quo. This is a “must read” for both remote workers and for their office-bound managers.
Remote workers fall into one or more of these classifications:
We concentrated on the have our own survey results from LinkedIn. Some of our questions are similar to those asked on surveys by CIO Insight and Staples, but some are different. We used several LinkedIn Groups involved with EDI, Supply Chain, IT related and a “neutral” Group (university alumni). The questions (polls) we asked were:
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