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JetBlue. American Express. Aetna Insurance. What do they have in common?
Each of these companies is saving millions of dollar annually by shedding office space and allowing employees to work remotely. This trend of sending workers home isn’t new, but it is becoming much more common (especially in the private sector), according to a recent FlexJobs article.
While many companies like Yahoo! and H-P calling their workers back in from the home, it is refreshing to learn of companies that put the spotlight on a productive, virtual workplace.
What is National Flex Day?
Held the third Tuesday of October as part of National Work and Family Month, National Flex Day is designed to encourage employers and employees to unite behind the need for more flexibility by sharing how pervasive and powerful it already is.
The Origin of the ‘Anywhere Office’
The ‘anywhere office’ became more of a reality and possibility for many organizations in 2010 when the Federal Government announced their Telework Enhancement Act to save ‘money by helping government reduce real estate and energy costs and promote management efficiencies; makes us more resilient in severe weather and other emergencies; improves the quality of employee work-life; and increases employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.’
And on June 30, 2014, employees in the UK now have a legal right to apply for flexible working benefits. So with multiple governments and other organizations making new flexible work arrangements, the ‘anywhere office’ is becoming a real possibility for many organizations.
It has been reported in a previous LexTalk post that dismantling the traditional law firm model and adopting the ‘virtual workplace’ approach has an increased cost savings to the firm. (Download the Lexis Advance Burton Law Case Study.)
To other members of LexTalk, what do you think? Do you (or does your employer) really notice where employees are working?
Helpful materials cited above:
Lexis Advance Burton Law Case Study
Virtual Workplaces - The pros, cons, and struggles in today's market.