Telecommuting

A computer and software company known for its flexible work policies conducted a study on telecommuting. Here are the results:

  • Employees saved more than $1,700.00 per year in gasoline and wear and tear on their vehicles by working from home an average of 2.5 days per week.
  • Office equipment energy consumption rate at the office was two times that of home office equipment energy consumption.
  • Commuting was more than 98 percent of each employee’s carbon footprint for work, compared to less than 1.7 percent of total carbon emissions to power office equipment.
  • By eliminating commuting just 2.5 days per week, an employee reduces energy used for work by the equivalent of 5,400 Kilowatt hours/year.
  • Working from home 2.5 days per week saved employees in the study an average of 2.5 weeks of commute time. (8 hours/day, 5 days/week.)

Cloud computing has made telecommuting or remote work more practical. Here are some great resources to get going:

Campfire
Campfire is a web-based group chat tool that lets you set up password-protected chat rooms in just seconds. Invite a client, colleague, or vendor to chat, collaborate, and make decisions. Link to a room on your intranet for internal communications.

Google Apps
Reliable, secure web-based office tools for any size business. Powerful, intuitive applications like Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Docs can help reduce your IT costs and help employees collaborate more effectively – all for just $50 per user per year.

DeskAway
DeskAway is a web-based project collaboration software that provides teams a central location to easily organize, manage and track their projects and work.

Dropbox
This tool lets a user synchronize files between as many computers as they need. In addition to being able to sync files between your own machine, Dropbox lets users share files with the outside world. Users can share folders with small groups of people or setup image galleries directly within the easy-to-use web interface.

Formatta
More than just an electronic version of a paper form, Formatta’s solution quickly captures, verifies, approves and integrates data used in enterprise processes with the critical enterprise systems used to run organizations. Formatta provides the most affordable, scalable, and easiest to implement, use, and maintain e-forms data capture and integration solution.

GoToMeeting
GoToMeeting allows you to host an online meeting with up to 15 people – so you can do more and travel less. Using our Web conferencing tool you can share any application on your computer in real time. Attendees join meetings in seconds.

Global Workplace Analytics
Global Workplace Analytics conducts independent research and consults on emerging workplace issues and opportunities. We specialize in making the management case for workplace flexibility, mobile work, and alternative workplace strategies.

Highrise
Highrise saves and organizes notes and email conversations for up to 30,000 customers and contacts. You are able to review a colleague’s notes before calling her contact, see follow-ups for today and this week, and set a reminder to write your client a thank-you note. Keep all important emails from a customer together on one page with Highrise.

LogMeIn
LogMeIn solutions include capabilities for on-demand customer support of PCs, smartphones and Macs, plus systems administration, remote access, remote control, file sharing, virtual private networking and data backup. From the helpdesk to non-IT support, LogMeIn solutions are easy to try, buy and use.

Salesforce
The leader in customer relationship management (CRM) & cloud computing. With Salesforce CRM software as a service and our Force.com cloud computing platform, you can mind your customers and your budget at the same time.

TimeBridge
TimeBridge is a web application that makes it incredibly easy to schedule and lead great meetings—and follow up after you meet. Think of us as your calendar-wrangling, agenda-making, note-taking, team-motivating, secret weapon in the battle against workplace inefficiency.

WebEx
It combines real-time desktop sharing with phone conferencing so everyone sees the same thing while you talk. It’s far more productive than emailing files and struggling to get everyone on the same page over the phone. And it can often eliminate the need for people to travel and meet on site.