Teleworking is becoming a very important part of many offices. A few years ago, it seemed like a dream for many commuters to be able to work from home part of the time. Now this is a reality that is becoming more prevalent every day.
The concept of working from home has been around for many years, but only recently has technology moved forward to the point that much of the work that is done in an office setting can be done at home. This became a possibility almost entirely because of the Internet.
Currently, many homes are equipped with high speed Internet. This will allow the worker to log online and access their business email, and handle many communications at home. But the real advances have been in Internet software that allows true work to take place.
There are now many programs that will let an at home worker collaborate with his or her colleagues that are at the office. A webcam and small microphone will make it seem like an absent member is right there in the middle of a business meeting. Other programs can allow workers to collaborate on a project in a word processor or presentation creating program. An at home worker can even keep up with what’s going on in the office by following an online calendar or date book.
If your company doesn’t already utilize the Internet to allow employees to do some of their work at home, you should encourage it. There is often a higher productivity among at-home workers as they are not forced to spend hours commuting daily and can work at a pace that fits their lifestyle. Your workplace may be the next company to join the revolution that is quickly becoming the norm among major businesses in the United States and around the world.