First, there was the closed office, one to a person, hopefully with a window. Then there were cubicles, lauded as increasing productivity (no hiding behind closed doors and surfing the internet), then came open plan (now embraced by 70% of all employers
) – no walls between cubicles, just communal tables demarcated by one workstation after another (among other things, very cost efficient).
But still very much in the mix is no office at all – at least not at the employer’s site. Telecommuting is popular both with small companies who are still tight on space, to large companies like Dell and Xerox (where a reported 11% of their workforce
work from home).
Is telecommuting right for your organization? Well, that depends.
Here are some things to consider to make telecommuting work for your company