How often does one find themselves in the midst of deadlines and business demands experiencing the stress of time management? The need for “more hours in the day” is commonly dreamed of from behind hundreds of thousands of executive desks throughout the nation. From the mouth of an American entrepreneur and former CEO of Apple, Inc., Mr. Steve Jobs, came the wise words and realization that the, “favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.” Time is indeed precious, in fact, as a MasterCard commercial might define, “it’s priceless”. Juggling one’s time, personal verses professional, has become the collective dilemma which everyone can relate. Making every minute count and discovering ways to be more efficient with our time is a shared objective in today’s competitive and demanding business world.
The cultural trends and technological realities of our time have changed how and where we spend time working in our professional life. No longer does one need to be “at work” or “go to work” and sit at their executive desk to get things done, so to speak. Work today is what one “does” not someplace one goes. The introduction of the home computer, in the late 1970’s, is understood to be the culprit for the cultural change in how and where people work. Likewise, in direct correlation, in the 1970’s the term “telecommuting” was coined by Jack Nilles, a University of Southern California professor who was directing the research on the present and future impacts of information technology in the workforce and beyond.
Make Every Minute Count
The future is now upon us and, today, telecommuting is standard practice in most companies as many employees do not commute daily, adhering to a routine schedule, to a central place of work, but rather often work from home or wherever they may be, any time of the day or night. When successful, the most obvious benefit to telecommuting is the time saved in traveling to and from work each day. Rather than sitting in one’s vehicle in congested traffic during peak morning or evening commute hours, telecommuters may enjoy the perks of perhaps beginning their work sooner in the day, while still in pajamas, sipping morning coffee from their home office desks. Time saved avoiding the roads can be significant, sometimes up to a couple hours per day. Rather than wasting time behind the wheel, the time may be capitalized on much more efficiently and productively.
Ideally telecommuters should have a separate office at home, complete with the necessary resources and technologyto get work done. The correct home office environment, away from domestic activities or distractions, and suited with professional office furniture such as an appropriate home office desk, a comfortable office chair, technology components and any power and data accessories that will facilitate efficiency at work is a must.
Telecommuting At Its Finest
The highly autonomous work arrangement of telecommuting requires that employees have a proven record when it comes to particular professional, business traits and etiquette of the job. A successful telecommuter must have self-motivation, independence, confidence and reliability. They must also have strong organizational skills and time management proficiency, with an unwavering ability to maintain focus on goals and results.
Like with most things, when it comes to telecommuting it is suggested that, with efficiency at the heart of the objective, balance is key. For purposes such as fostering strong working relationships and camaraderie amongst colleagues, a combination of telecommuting and working on-site at the office is arguably the most beneficial strategy over full-time telecommuting work arrangements. Part-time telecommuting may be an optimal employment deal because it promotes efficiency and productivity through flexibility. Whether one is situated astutely, at their executive desk in the office, or informally, behind their home office desk in the comforts of their residence, one thing remains the same… work is efficiently in progress.