The Integrative Value Proposition for Telework
Chapter 8: Telework Implementation: The Employee Perspective
Employees’ perceptions of telework implementation play a critical role in the demand for and adoption of telework. If employees decide to adopt telework but fail to properly implement it, future adoption and its resulting impacts will be short-lived. While there is no deﬁnitive guide for implementing telework at the employee level, a number of procedures and assessments are available that the literature consistently suggests will lead to success. In this chapter we summarize a number of key considerations for helping employees implement this work option. We ﬁrst review the important process of self-assessment for telework suitability. This self-assessment should be the ﬁrst step for employees considering virtual work. We then oﬀer some practical advice on setting up an appropriate home oﬃce. Finally, we cover a few of the daily working processes and policies that employees should consider in carrying out eﬀective telework. In what follows, we will not repeat our earlier discussion of telework tracking. Naturally the incorporation of some form of tracking mechanism is important in implementing telework, and we refer the reader back to the previous part of this book for an in-depth review of telework tracking alternatives. SUITABILITY SELF-ASSESSMENT The Realities of Telework The ﬁrst step to implementing telework at the employee level is for employees to evaluate their own characteristics, job situation, and work style to see whether these ﬁt with some of the unique demands that telework presents. Part of this assessment is for employees to educate themselves about the realities...
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