Friday, April 9, 2010

Remote Reserve

Advent of the Internet and advances in collaborative technologies are creating new work environments. Integration of IT into the personal lives is making the idea of telecommuting popular the world over.

However, Corporate Pakistan has yet to take a start in this field. A form of a distributed work environment that has come to be known as telecommuting (also called telework, remote work or virtual work) implies that employees could electronically "commute" to work.

As per the current IT literature, working exclusively for an organization for financial compensation at any place is telecommuting.

Read the article here.


Anonymous said...

As someone who has been telecommuting off an on for the past 19 years, all I can say is that there is really a lot more to telecommuting than meets the eye. There are a number of issues that need to be addressed first before telecommuting may be feasible. First: not all types of work is amenable to telecommuting. Only those types of jobs are "telecommutable" in which accountability is transparent i.e. the employer is able to "see" what the employee is doing at all times. Second, the work is "quantifiable" i.e. employee output can be measured and assessed at any given moment (issues related to metrics). Three, (and the most cumbersome factor), there must be some modicum of trust between the employer and the employee i.e. that the employee is actually working and not watching TV soap operas! Four: employee must be able to demonstrate to the employer that there is a distinct advantage TO THE EMPLOYER if the employee is allowed to work from home (this is often NOT easy). There are a number of other issues as well, but, essentially, it is easier said than done!