EDITORIAL NOTE: Coming to an office is important, but sometimes telecommuting gives you that extra ‚Äòquietness‚Äô to be productive or the flexibility to meet deadlines without wasting time sitting in traffic. Here are some reasons why the PGi Blog Team thinks the ability to work from anywhere is crucial in today‚Äôs world!
Although I‚Äôve been working from home for three years and really enjoy it now, it began out of necessity rather than choice. After all, my co-workers were half the reason for working. I enjoyed my office friends and was one of the few people I knew who didn‚Äôt want to leave the cubicle environment. Who would I chat with on Monday mornings about my weekend? With whom would I discuss prime time television?
When my husband got a job transfer, I assumed my PGi career was over and I was sad to leave the company. But wait ‚Ä¶ aren‚Äôt we the meetings experts? Don‚Äôt we connect people around the globe every day? I suddenly had, what all my co-workers believed, a wonderful opportunity to telecommute. My company was very flexible in allowing me to set up a home office. I appreciated it, and knew it was a benefit, but I still dreaded that first day in anticipated isolation. And, admittedly, the first few weeks were a little quiet. But then something interesting happened. After becoming more ingrained in our conferencing products, it wasn‚Äôt so lonely after all. Thanks to web conferencing, I could share documents and my desktop as easily as in person. And what about discussing weekend activities and favorite t.v. shows? Automated conferencing easily became part of my daily work tools.
According to Forrester Research, 34 million Americans work from home at least occasionally today. That number is expected to rise to 63 million in 2016! Collaboration tools such as web conferencing make it easier than ever to stay productive. What‚Äôs your experience with telecommuting? Does your company provide you with the tools you need to be one of the 63 million?