According to the US Census Bureau in 2009 (most recent number available), approximately 4% of American workers work from home – about 5,000,000 people. More recently, a 2011 Kronos survey found that 14 percent of respondents had the option of working from home, while 27 percent felt that given the necessary technology they could work from home.
I recently met with our board members Sue Meisinger and John Hollon to talk about the pros and cons of working from home, and what organizations can do to promote and support the engagement of their remote employees. Sue and John, who both work from home, also have lots of experience working with organizations who’ve struggled with the balance between providing employees with flexibility while still engaging remote employees in the corporate culture and holding them accountable for results.
In the podcast at the end of this post, we discussed the following questions:
- In what ways is it more difficult to engage with a workforce working from home?
- What are some strategies that organizations use to deepen engagement for work-from-home folks?
- What can companies do to proactively plan for this shift in working?
- A recent Wall Street Journal article talks about the growth of shared office space – is this a trend?
Click here to listen to our podcast: Working from home – a conversation with John Hollon and Sue Meisinger
What do you think makes for a successful work-from-home arrangement?2