The Brave New World of Telework

The advent of portable computing and the Internet has rapidly opened up possibilities for a new mode of work: teleworking. This new workstyle is more flexible and dynamic than telecommuting, which has typically simply meant working from home. Under telework, employees are based wherever their work happens to be.

But the growth of telework is a double-edged sword. The upside? Employees are able to work from their cars, hotels, or airplanes, and out of other firm’s offices, and from their homes, and on weekends and at night. The downside? Employees may be expected to work from their cars, hotels, or airplanes, and out of other firm’s offices, and from their homes, and on weekends and at nights.

Telework presents challenges to both management and workers, and their relations with one another. After all, most corporate work cultures are designed to support face-to-face work activities at the office.

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