Transportation planner, Scott Mizee, posted this article on his Facebook page and I thought it was interesting enough to expound upon it on the blog. The article is about a new headquarter office in California for the company, Plantronics. Instead of giving everyone a workstation and a computer they designed an office that could only accomdate about 60 - 70% of their workforce at once. They are encouraging employees to telework.
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In addition to open work spaces and separated rooms designated for video conferencing and "focus" work, Plantronics placed TV monitors on the walls so employees working from home could join in on the office conversations and feel more connected.
Teleworking, telecommuting, working from home, or whatever your preferred nomenclature is not something we talk about too much here at Commuter Central. But we're interested in hearing from readers. Do you telecommute? Would you like to? What are the benefits, disadvantages? Sweat or PJs?!
I spoke to a friend of mine about this article and she couldn't stop gushing about her new job that allows her to work from home two to three days a week. She says she's much more productive - she attributes her productivity increase to 1) 30 extra minutes of sleep 2) a pot of coffee less than four feet away 3) cozy slippers and...sweats!
Chime in! I for one would like to telework a day or two or week but wonder how well it would work with my toddler running around at home. Also, coffee shops are not my best work places. Looks like I'm destined for the cubicle world for a while...By the way, I'm a PJs guy all the way. And slippers. I love me some slippers.