Category Archives: Telecommuting News

Telecommuting and telework in the news.

Telework Week Pledges Filled Their Tanks with $2.7 Million in Commuting Savings; Demonstrated a Nationwide Impact

Telework Week Recap Finds Productivity Gains, Increased Management Support, and Savings at the Pump

ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 29, 2011 – Telework ExchangeSM, a public-private partnership focused on demonstrating the tangible value of telework, today announced the results of National Telework Week, an effort that encouraged employees to telework during the week of February 14-18, 2011. Underwritten by Cisco, the post-Telework Week report, “Filling the Tank with Telework: The 2011… >>Continue reading Telework Week Pledges Filled Their Tanks with $2.7 Million in Commuting Savings; Demonstrated a Nationwide Impact

Join Us During Telework Week

Join us for Telework Week, a nationwide effort to encourage agencies, organizations, and individuals to pledge to telework on February 14-18, 2011. Sign up now and telework during the week of February 14-18, 2011.

Pledge to Telework!… >>Continue reading Join Us During Telework Week

Texai Remote Presence System

Just like anybots, the Texai Remote Presence System allows telecommuters to have an in-office presence whenever they like. Necessity really is the mother of invention. >>Continue reading Texai Remote Presence System

Anybots – The Telecommuter’s Avatar

I swear, I’m not making this up. I’ve seen the Bruce Willis movie, you know, the one where robots interact for people in the futuristic world where humans live in isolation, controlling said robots from a control room inside their homes?!

I remember thinking, after watching that movie, that the idea of robotic surrogates really wasn’t that far fetched. As I type this I’m avoiding my Wii personal trainer and we’re getting xbox kinect for our big family holiday gift this year (which supposedly gives my virtual personal trainer even more information about me and my lack of controlled yoga movements).

I really didn’t think having a robotic surrogate representing me in some physical office location would be a real possibility within the year, but guess what. The future is here! >>Continue reading Anybots - The Telecommuter's Avatar

5 Ways a Telecommuting Program Will Benefit Your Business

If a business is looking to have a competitive advantage and create a favorable work environment for their employees, it’s a win-win situation for all parties involved.

Dan Richmond, co-founder of MegaMeeting, lists 5 significant benefits a telework program can provide for a business. >>Continue reading 5 Ways a Telecommuting Program Will Benefit Your Business

Musicians Jam – Telecommuters Jelly

At least some of them do, thanks to Amit Gupta, Luke Crawford, and their friends. They’re credited with the creation of casual, co-working events known as Jellies!

Jelly logoSince its inception in 2006, Jelly groups have been forming around the world, with many people praising the added social components it affords without all the office politics. If you work at home you know that sometimes you can feel pretty darned isolated. And if you’re looking to work at home, but worried about missing the social aspect of working in an office, take heart. Jellies might just be your answer. >>Continue reading Musicians Jam - Telecommuters Jelly

The 2010 Remote Worker Awards Launched

Following a highly successful inaugural awards in 2009, Remote Employment in association with BT Business, today launches The 2010 Remote Worker Awards.

The Awards are unique as the only business awards recognising employers for their flexible working solutions and employees for showing that remote and home based working can improve business productivity, improve work life balance and help the environment.

The 10… >>Continue reading The 2010 Remote Worker Awards Launched

Crazy Guy On A Bike Worked His Way Across America

Keith writes software for a living and normally works out of his home office. While it’s pretty exciting to see a crazy guy on a bike prove he can make this incredible journey while keeping up with his workload, it’s even more remarkable when you hear how he combined his telecommuting status with his desire as a father to support a worthy cause that’s near and dear to his family . . . >>Continue reading Crazy Guy On A Bike Worked His Way Across America

Always Connected: One Third of U.S. Workforce Feels Need to Stay Connected 24/7

The recent economic downturn has American workers stressed, overworked and anxious, but many are turning to technology to help them cope. According to a survey released today by InterCall, the world’s largest conferencing and collaboration services provider, workers are using technology to stay connected (sometimes even secretly), work harder and maintain job security to survive the economic recovery.

Take note managers: Nearly one in two Americans (48 percent) who use technology in their everyday jobs say that they are now required to do more work with fewer resources due to the current economic climate. As an example, nearly one third (30 percent) feel that they need to stay connected to work 24/7, even during weekends, breaks or holidays. However, 72 percent say that advanced technology, such as conferencing and collaboration tools, enables them to work faster, better and improves their morale – because they see the company providing them with the right resources and tools to ‘do more with less.’ >>Continue reading Always Connected: One Third of U.S. Workforce Feels Need to Stay Connected 24/7

National Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day

Are you sitting at work in your PJ’s today?

Evidently today is National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day . . . or at least it used to be. Best I can figure, the day of celebration began with PajamaGram’s 2004 initiative to promote PJ’s. The Vermont Teddy Bear’s PJ gift-giving website still houses a Press Release from 2005. And PajamaCity, the purveyor of the footed pajamas you wore as a kid, has an entire website devoted to the celebration of National Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day at NationalWearYourPajamasToWorkToday.com. They’ve left this undated Press Release up since, well, since they created the site in 2005 I suspect.

However the unofficial holiday got its start, it’s no mistake that the 16th of April was chosen. It is, after all, the day after your taxes are due here in the U.S. and April 16th is, as deemed by the Health Resource Network in 1992, National Stress Awareness Day. In fact, the entire month of April is designated as Stress Awareness Month. >>Continue reading National Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day

Moving Beyond 10 Percent Teleworking

What: Spring 2010 Town Hall Meeting
When: April 8, 2010
Where: The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center facility in Washington, D.C.

The White House and Environmental Protection Agency Keynote at Spring Telework Exchange Town Hall Meeting

Kareem Dale, Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy, and Bob Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator, to Address Government Telework Audience on April 8, 2010

ALEXANDRIA, Va. –… >>Continue reading Moving Beyond 10 Percent Teleworking

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FTC Cracks Down on Con Artists Who Target Jobless Americans

Scams Prey on Victims of the Recession With Bogus Job, Money-Making Schemes

(CORRECTED For Release: 02/17/2010) The Federal Trade Commission today announced a new crackdown on con artists who are preying on unemployed Americans with job-placement and work-at-home scams, promoting empty promises that they can help people get jobs in the federal government, as movie extras, or as mystery shoppers; or make money working from their homes… >>Continue reading FTC Cracks Down on Con Artists Who Target Jobless Americans