I write this from my house in North Carolina, where I converted a spare bedroom to an office four years ago when I joined the Human Capital Institute. Our organization, like an increasing number of those staffed with ‘knowledge workers,’ is almost 50% virtual. Even those employees who do work in company-provided office space work from home regularly. This is an important aspect of our corporate culture; we’re striving to improve performance, which, in turn, means working a lot more than 40 hours per week.
Our employees are more engaged in this mission because they have the flexibility to work anywhere. My opinion? Forcing professionals to come in to your space, when they could more easily work from their own, is just old school. I’m not alone in this belief; the Federal government is promoting telework, the Recruiter’s Lounge published an article on benefits, even Wikipedia promotes its benefits. So what about you? Will you encourage employees to phone it in?
Admittedly, it’d be hard for many employees of the U.S. Marine Corps to work remotely. They do, however, have an employer brand that would make most private-sector employers drool. How does the USMC inspire talent?
It’s a very common problem: determining FLSA exemption. It’s also easy to be confused; with regulatory changes and updates, many employers find it hard to stay on top of mandates from the Department of Labor. Are you ready?
Less than 2 weeks to the 2011 HCI Human Capital Summit in Atlanta! This annual event brings together some of the brightest minds and most creative leaders in the strategic talent management space. But don’t just take our word for it- watch what noted author and inspiring thinker, Dan Pink, has to say about it.
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