New ways of organizing work is good for the company, employees and the environment.
To work in areas outside their office is nothing new, traveling salesmen have done it at all times. Parents have had to work at home because they do not have a babysitter for sick children. But only in the last few years, new technology has made it possible for more people to work efficiently without sitting in the office from morning to night, every day.
Most of us now work wholly or partly through computers. Your mobile phone will allow you to be reachable when you want – or when required. With a laptop and access to a fast network, you can work efficiently almost anywhere. IP telephony can virtually eliminate phone charges, with new technology every job can cost-effectively connect to a video conference.
Can we work completely independent of time and place? No, not completely, the concept deadline will always be there. And most of us have to at least be available by phone at certain times. Functioning work-teams sometimes have to meet in both formal meetings and informal brainstorming. But the opportunities to work flexibly are getting better.
Teleworking has often been synonymous with work from home Monday to Friday and this suits some people and some tasks.
But many may want to flex also in terms of the place – work at the office, working at home, working in the park or coffee shop, or in their holiday residence. Or extend their holiday in Tenerife with a working week of undisturbed, inspiring environment, to plan the next period of work.
Why not work where you feel best? Within the project we believe everyone wins with more flexible ways of working.
Employees have the opportunity to live and work where they like it best. A better quality of life for better operating results and more creativity.
Companies that invest in their employees’ well-being becomes attractive employers. E.g. by offering different approaches to broaden the business base of their recruitment. Pleasant living environment and the ability to self-organize work supports long-term working conditions.
A systematic focus on flexible working can give the opportunity to save costs for an office. An IT company in Helsinki saved 30 percent of their real estate costs by reorganizing work and adapt office premises to the new way of working.
Telecommuting means fewer work trips, and hence a lesser environmental impact.