Technology makes our lives easier. Proximity badges eliminate the need to punch in and out with time cards. Biometric scanners means no more returning home after getting halfway to work only to realize your security badge sits on the kitchen counter next to the coffeemaker. Yet, despite so many positive changes to our work behaviors, we continue to mistrust technologies that enable remote working.
At the same time, telecommuting appeals across all generations. Pretty much every employee wants to reduce commute times and adjust work schedules to achieve a better work life balance.
The personal benefits of telecommuting for employees and financial benefits for companies are well-documented. Public sector organizations, however, face unique challenges when it comes to overcoming the skepticism of elected officials and voting citizens.
In the November 2018 issue of HR News, the magazine of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR), Baker Tilly outlines key considerations for developing and implementing remote work plans for government employees.