Divine Powers Not Needed for Telework

pope waveIt’s not every day a Pope visits the United States, but this recent papal visit showed how critical it is that employers consider telework strategies.

New York, Washington and Philadelphia — the cities that hosted the Pope — saw huge issues for employees when it came to getting to work. One news station in Washington took a poll of its listeners prior to the visit and found that 36% planned to work from home. And federal employees were actually encouraged not come to the office.

Events like this get many organizations thinking about telework. But, the idea of working anywhere has been floating around for many years, with still only 38% offering the options to employees on a regular basis, according to the National Study of Employers.

When push comes to shove, it’s hard for many employers and employees to figure out how telework would work for them.

But, take heart! You don’t need divine intervention. Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management recently launched a workflex series — including guides, webinars and conference sessions — focused on providing practical advice for those employers who want to embrace flexible work, but aren’t sure how.

If telework is your interest, join us for a free SHRM webcast on Wednesday, October 7 at 12:00 noon EDT.

In this webcast, Dr. Kenneth Matos, Senior Director of Research at Families and Work Institute, will go beyond the business case for telework to offer tips for HR professionals, managers and employees to ensure that telework is implemented effectively. He will be joined by two When Work Works Award winners: Michelle Artibee, Program Manager, Career/Life and Communication Strategies at Cornell University, and Marcee Harris Schwartz, National Director, Diversity & Inclusion at BDO USA, who will share how they make telework work in their organization.

For more information about the webcast and to register, click here.

And stay tuned for the release of our Workflex and Telework Guide: Everyone’s Guide to Working Anywhere.telework-cov-thin-border[1]

The Guide offers specific strategies for human resources professionals, supervisors and employees. It provides a nuts and bolts blueprint on everything from how to craft a telework policy to talking points for employees who want to ask for flexible work options.

Here’s a sampling:

… telework is an opportunity for individuals and organizations to transcend the limits of real estate and commuting times and gain a level of control over how, where and when they work throughout their life cycle. Though not all jobs are compatible with all types of telework, when used properly, telework can be a powerful tool to advance and retain the talent that employers need to stay at the forefront of their industries, and enable managers to use that talent to best effect and empower employees to stay on top of multiple priorities without letting distance be an insurmountable obstacle.

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